The S&P 500 turned negative for the year-to-date on Friday as Wall Street suffered its largest selloff in 10 months after Britain's decision to leave the European Union caught traders wrong-footed.
In the busiest trading volume for a single session in nearly five years, financial stocks led the decline on the S&P 500 with a 5.4 percent drop -the largest for the sector since November 2011. - Referenced Article
Outraged customers vented on social media Wednesday about problems with their new Costco (COST) credit cards.
They complained that they couldn't open their new accounts and couldn't pay existing balances that were transferred to the new cards. The switch was supposed to be automatic and seamless. - Referenced Article
While it was a statement I suspected was coming for some time, there is no doubt that yesterday’s decision by Rory McIlroy to pull out of the Olympic Games has greatly undermined the efforts of the world’s golfing organisations to re-introduce golf into the games after a 112-year absence. - Referenced Article
United States stocks rose sharply on Monday as investors grew hopeful that Britain would remain in the European Union.
Asian stocks traded higher and indexes in Europe soared as the latest opinion polls and betting markets suggested it was more likely that Britain would stay in the E.U. Britons vote in a referendum on the matter on Thursday. - Referenced Article
LeBron James scored 41 points for the second straight game to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a NBA Finals Game 7 after a 115-101 over the Golden State Warriors Thursday. Game 7 is Sunday in Oakland. - Referenced Article
Khloe Kardashian begged OJ Simpson to take a paternity test because she feared he might be her real father, one of his prison guards has revealed. Jeffrey Felix told a documentary about Robert Kardashian that he had overheard a conversation between Khloe and Simpson at Lovelock prison in Nevada, where Simpson is serving a 33-year term for robbery. - Referenced Article
Many people will have heard of LinkedIn: the social networking site aimed at professionals looking for a platform for business networking. Many more will have found it irritating – jokes abound on the subject of how hard it is to get the site to stop sending you emails. - Referenced Article
Iran has finalized a historic deal with Boeing to buy passenger planes from the U.S. aircraft manufacturer as part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the country's civilian air fleet, Iranian media reported Tuesday.
The deal will be announced in the coming days, Iran's minister of roads and urban development, Abbas Akhoundi, told the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency. - Referenced Article
The Golden State Warriors admitted to missing the suspended Draymond Green in their 112-97 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. But they refused to use his absence as a cop-out. - Referenced Article
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After all these years, it has been a shared relationship, I host their ads on my site, browsers click on those ads and the check is sent to my account each month, but you can't put a number on the qualitative value of having a wealth of information about Google's wider Search and Display Network.
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The news that Debra Lee, the chairman and CEO of BET, joining Twitter's board couldn't have come without courageously defiant people like software engineer Leslie Miley who made national news when he left his job at Twitter citing frustration over the company's approach to diversity. - Referenced Article
A $1 billion investment by Apple in a Chinese ride-hailing app is a rounding error for the Silicon Valley giant, which generates about $4 billion in profit every month and has $233 billion in cash and securities in the bank.
But Apple’s surprising interest in the company, called Didi Chuxing, and its out-of-character willingness to publicize the news Thursday evening could go a long way toward showing the Chinese government it is interested in supporting local business. - Referenced Article
GE Transportation, which recently completed a layoff of 1,500 employees, plans to move the job of converting old locomotives -- work that had been scheduled for Erie -- to other locations, including Fort Worth, Texas. - Referenced Article
Smylie Kaufman is playing in his first Masters, and he’ll tee off on Sunday alongside Jordan Spieth in the tournament’s final pairing.
That’s remarkable bordering on miraculous in itself, but then there’s this: Kaufman learned to play Augusta National by playing the course on the Tiger Woods video game. You know, just like Jack and Arnie used to do. - Referenced Article
Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, the victim of the biggest data leak in history, said Tuesday a hacker stole more than 11.5 million documents that have caused worldwide controversy by linking political leaders with offshore tax evasion.
The law firm's founding partner Ramon Fonseca filed a complaint with the office of Panama's attorney general alleging the 2.6 TB of data that German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung used to publish the so-called "Panama Papers" was stolen by a hacking attack from abroad, Reuters reports. - Referenced Article
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Aubrey McClendon, considered a maverick in the energy industry, died in a fiery single-car crash Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to rig bids for oil and natural gas leases.
The controversial former CEO of Chesapeake Energy, who was forced to relinquish his position as chairman of that company in 2012... - Referenced Article
The recall affects about 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and around 136,000 Daimler vans in the United States, the German automaker said Wednesday. It is the latest is a series of recalls prompted by concerns about Takata airbags. - Referenced Article
What a way to make an announcement about the end. CBS drama series The Good Wife made it official in a commercial during Sunday night's Super Bowl. This is the drama series' final season. - Referenced Article
So this was weird. If Super Bowl 50 was indeed Peyton Manning’s last game, he was sure to get in some final plugs for several of his biggest sponsors. Manning was seen before the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory... - Referenced Article
Brett Favre became the 14th first ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback on Saturday night after being voted in, according to USA Today.
Favre, who has been described as having a “gun-slinging approach” to quarterbacking, became one of the eight members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, in his first year of being eligible to do so. - Referenced Article
Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade. Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons.
Apple hopes that with more leeway, applicable only to iPhone 5 and later models, more people will upgrade to new iPhones. - Referenced Article
Wall Street got its first glimpse of the financial details of a new conglomerate called Alphabet on Monday. Investors liked what they saw so much that the outfit formerly known as Google is poised to become the world’s most valuable company.
Despite spending $3.6 billion a year on projects like self-driving cars that don’t make much money... - Referenced Article
U.S. and European Union sanctions on Tehran were finally lifted on Saturday, restoring Iran's access to world's markets.
Iran has been gearing up for this moment for months and could soon return to the top ranks of global oil producers. Crude prices have been tanking for months, dropping to below $30 a barrel. - Referenced Article
The Miami Dolphins got their man. Now it’s up to Adam Gase to prove he can do something predecessor Joe Philbin couldn’t: Get the Dolphins and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill into the playoffs. - Referenced Article
Toyota is following up on its billion-dollar plan to develop artificial intelligence technology that underpins self-driving cars.
The Japanese automobile maker said on Tuesday during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it’s hired a squad of AI and robotics experts that will help the company build self-driving cars that can safely maneuver through roads without causing wrecks. - Referenced Article
Brisbane, Australia • Serena Williams retired during her Hopman Cup match in Perth on Tuesday, completing a day of injuries and upsets for the leading women's players less than two weeks from the Australian Open.
Williams, who missed the U.S. team's opening loss to Ukraine on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season. - Referenced Article
Bleacher Report By : Mike Freeman , NFL National Lead Writer
There is always massive turnover in Cleveland. Everyone gets canned, all the time, which is very Clevelandy.
The Browns have had eight head coaches since 2000. No, a coach and GM getting fired in Cleveland is not news. The real news will come soon. The real news will be what the new head coach does with Johnny Manziel. - Referenced Article
Darrelle Revis went MIA for most of Sunday’s season-crushing loss to the Bills.
The Jets’ $70 million man was schooled by a youngster, second-year wideout Sammy Watkins, throughout most of Sunday’s contest. Watkins, who was mostly marked by No. 24, finished with 11 receptions for 136 yards. - Referenced Article
The Pittsburgh Steelers is on the verge of missing the playoff this season and yet some are informing me that Todd Haley is in contention for a head coaching position in the NFL. I’m fully aware that the Steelers have racked up 5,948 total offensive yards and they have arguably the best receiving cadre in the league. At last check they ranked third in total offense in NFL, but what would Haley do without one of the league’s best Quarterback Receiver tandems and a proficient running attack?
Could Haley take a team with significantly less and produce the same results? In other words can he produce a playoff contending team without the luxury of talent on the Steeler’s roster? If you’re a team that wants to make a significant investment in a head coach I ask that you look at Haley’s performance in critical situations this season.
I would urge any front office to take a close look at the Steeler’s close defeat against their division rival Baltimore Ravens. Even though the Ravens are in the bottom 15 in the leagues for pass defense they managed to hold the Steelers to under 20 points in both division games. The Steelers air attack was grounded at critical junctures throughout the game.
In 2014 we suffered embarrassing defeats against division rivals in Baltimore and even in Cleveland, but any team considering Todd Haley should consider his performance under limited circumstances.
When Big Ben was out, they played a very tough game in San Diego. At a critical point in the game Big Ben drew up an offensive play and we reported:
Startling revelation that injured Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drew up the explosive 72 yard Michael Vick pass to Markus Wheaton in last night’s thrilling victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Immediately before the game winning run by Runningback Le'Veon Bell; they received instructions on the play by Ben Roethlisberger; which begs the question, what is the role of the true Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley in Pittsburgh since Ben Roethlisberger call his own plays under center?
Big Ben also said he factored in the fact that he knew Michael Vick likes getting out of the pocket when drawing up the 72 yard play. Why did it take Big Ben to utilize Vick's strengths?
Big Ben was very disappointed when Haley arrived as the offensive coordinator, so I’m guessing he won’t be devastated if he departs. Big Ben usually controls the discussion when he zips to the sidelines in critical game situations and I would argue that it’s because he has too much control of the offensive strategy and execution due to Haley’s inefficiency.
It’s easy to win 10 games in this league with the league’s best running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. There is zero indication in my mind that Haley has the capability to win with less.
It was the story that, over the summer, ushered in a season of discontent with the grocery store chain nicknamed by its critics “Whole Paycheck”: the accusation that Whole Foods had overcharged some New York customers for, among other items, produce and pre-packaged fresh products. Apologizing — and blaming its employees — Whole Foods quickly retreated. - Referenced Article
By all accounts Kirk Cousins is a mediocre Quarterback in the National Football League. He's had issues winning on the road and has strongled against playoff teams with winning records. It's very striking that many sports analysts have asked or presented the question of whether or not Cousins is the real deal. It's hard to believe that some have done a lot to prop up this quarterback when his on-field performance has been subpar most of the season.
A healthy RGIII with in a offensive system that is committed to his skill sets has this team at better than .500 and struggling to get in the playoff in a lackluster division. Cousins will go into contract negotiations at the end of the season and in all likelihood receive a huge amount of cash, but they will never win a Super Bowl with Cousins under center.
Two Cleveland Browns players found themselves in jail on Christmas following a traffic stop. Linebacker Armonty Bryant and cornerback De'Ante Saunders were placed under arrest after Saunders was pulled over and charged by police for operating a vehicle while impaired and speeding.
The state trooper who arrested the pair reportedly found a gun in the car, along with Adderall, according to Cleveland 19 News. - Referenced Article
This week, the Federal Reserve will once again consider whether to raise its benchmark short-term interest rate for the first time since the regulator slashed it during the recession.
With expectations for an increase rising, some longtime Bank of America shareholders might be hoping a hike will boost the Charlotte bank’s stock price, which remains below its prerecession levels. - Referenced Article
Golden Globe winner Idris Elba is becoming one of the go-to actors in Hollywood. He’s played everyone from Nelson Mandela in “Long Walk of Freedom,” drug kingpin Stringer Bell on “The Wire,” and even the villain in the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond.” Elba joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss his latest role as the self-destructive, genius detective John Luther in the critically acclaimed crime drama, "Luther." - Referenced Article
Patience is a virtue Kim Kardashian may or may not have. The expectant mom shared a selfie on Instagram on Friday, baring her baby belly as she reminded baby boy West that’s she’s ready for his arrival—but of course, on his own time. - Referenced Article
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a somewhat stronger than expected November jobs report Friday, with numbers more than solid enough to support a interest rate hike from Federal Reserve later this month. New employment data shows employers in the United States adding 211,000 jobs last month.
The report also shows the unemployment rate steady at 5% (a level previously not seen since April 2008). Economists were anticipating 200,000 payroll additions in November and for the unemployment rate to remain the same. - Referenced Article
WSJ By : RICK CAREW, DOUGLAS MACMILLAN and DAVID BENOIT
Yahoo Inc.’s board is planning a series of meetings this week to consider selling off the company’s flagging Internet businesses and how to make the most of its valuable stake in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. - Referenced Article
Simmons, who has been vocal in his criticisms of the commissioner, broached the subject of Goodell by bringing up a hypothetical situation in which three of the major sports leagues were looking for a new commissioner. Simmons asked Obama whether he would be interested in any of them... - Referenced Article
"I went to school," he says. "I brought in all kinds of people who knew an enormous amount, much more than I did about this... and made sure that we had the right people around us."
It is a hiring process that continues to this day. HBO in 2015 is a fundamentally different company than it was just 10 years ago. First it created an app that made it easy to stream shows. - Referenced Article
J.C. Penney Co., the third-largest U.S. department-store company, fell the most in more than two years after signaling that sales growth during the Christmas season may slow from the third quarter's pace.
Same-store sales this year will rise 4 percent to 5 percent, the Plano, Texas-based company said Friday in a statement, repeating an earlier projection. - Referenced Article
Apple Inc has made an official statement about the incident at its retail store in Australia; earlier this week the store barred three black teenagers from entering its premises, as employees felt they might “steal something.”
As per an email sent to all Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook said it was “unacceptable” for the staff to have acted in such a manner and stereotype a particular ethnic group. - Referenced Article
There can’t be many more pitiful, humiliating ways to potentially end your life than face down in an infamous Nevada brothel, vomiting uncontrollably from the overdose of herbal Viagra you took to keep up with myriad prostitutes during a 4-day binge.
As I write, Lamar Odom is clinging on. He’s in a coma, distraught family and friends at his bedside. - Referenced Article
This morning there’s more fallout from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, as VW has now admitted 11 million vehicles globally may have the defeat software installed that lets the company cheat on its emissions tests.
At least in the US, there are approximately 500,000 TDI-branded cars on the roads that are routinely spewing out up to 40 times the legal amount of NOx, which leads to increased air pollution in the form of smog... - Referenced Article
Venus Williams has been trying in vain to win her eighth major tennis title since she captured the Wimbledon trophy in 2008. If she is to do it at the United States Open this year, it will come at a heavy cost. She will have to deny her little sister the rare opportunity to win a Grand Slam.
Williams beat Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1, and will play Serena Williams, the No. 1 seed, in the quarterfinals of the Open on Tuesday night. - Referenced Article
Maria Sharapova, the 2006 United States Open champion, withdrew from the Open on Sunday, citing a leg injury.
Sharapova, a five-time major winner, has not played since her semifinal loss at Wimbledon in July against Serena Williams, also withdrawing from recent tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. - Referenced Article
2006 winner Maria Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open for second time in three years due to injury
Details of a "minor criminal offence" were referenced in the stories regarding an individual, the ICO said. Earlier links about the case had already been removed - but this act of removal itself later became news.
It is the links to those new articles, when searched for via the individual's name, which must now be removed. - Referenced Article
Dr. Dre has issued a statement apologizing to "the women I've hurt," the New York Times reported Friday.
The release of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has triggered significant coverage—including a harrowing Gawker first-person piece this week by music-industry figure Dee Barnes... - Referenced Article
It looks like a celebrity has popped up in the Ashley Madison data dump.
According to reports on Wednesday, hacked data may have exposed troubled "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar as one of the people with a paid membership to the dating website for those who want to cheat on their spouses. - Referenced Article
A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff.
The article depicted a work culture where staffers are under constant pressure to deliver strong results on a wide variety of detailed metrics the company monitors in real time ... - Referenced Article
In an attempt to make the season-ending FedExCup playoffs, Tiger Woods is headed to Greensboro.
He announced last week he was considering playing in this week’s Wyndham Championship, and now it’s official. Tournament director Mark Brazil tweeted the news Monday morning: “Bam! Tiger is coming!” - Referenced Article
Samsung may have announced bigger products in the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the company showed off a nearly 16-terabyte flash hard drive at the Flash Memory Summit this week.
This is a pretty significant announcement. Flash memory is generally faster than its disc-spinning counterpart, although it generally doesn't offer the highest amounts of storage. - Referenced Article
That's according to a report by the New York Times and ProPublica citing NSA documents obtained from former agency contractor Edward Snowden.
AT&T gave the agency access to information regarding emails sent on its networks and allowed the agency to monitor communications at the United Nations, according to the documents. - Referenced Article
Perhaps Google (Alphabet?) should have googled its new name before it decided to restructure the whole company.
The New York Times reports that Google's new parent company, Alphabet, has encountered an issue with german automaker BMW, which owns a fleet services company with the same name and the domain Alphabet.com. - Referenced Article
The name is easy enough to remember. The latest news from Google has rocked the technical world across the globe. Google is now a subsidiary of ALPHABET, which consists of a collection of companies." Alphabet described it this way,
What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence... - Referenced Article
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has weathered an offseason in which several former players have suggested race factoring into his personnel decisions. Most recently, cornerback Brandon Boykin texted to CSN-Philly that Kelly is "uncomfortable around grown men of our culture."
That was widely interpreted to mean African-Americans, in the wake of previous comments by former Eagles LeSean McCoy and Tra Thomas. - Referenced Article
Microsoft just announced through its official blog that the recently launched Windows 10 has reached over 14 million devices just in a matter of 3 days; the operating software that was rolled out to the general public on Wednesday has been receiving good reviews from the critics so far.
Microsoft has also pointed out that many more upgrades are yet to come, as users all around the world eagerly await to upgrade to Windows 10. - Referenced Article
If New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was looking for a sympathetic ear in the Tom Brady saga, he is not getting one from Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
Kraft on Wednesday was critical of Roger Goodell's decision to uphold Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal, saying he was wrong to put his faith in the league during the appeal process. - Referenced Article
Jack Dorsey, the company's co-founder and interim CEO, acknowledged this sentiment on Tuesday and promised he would try to get Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) to do better.
During an earnings call with investors, Dorsey said Twitter's recently launched features had little impact on getting new users to join and stay active. "This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," he said. - Referenced Article
Microsoft recently enabled local streaming of Xbox One games to Windows 10 computers or tablets.
This move, which it announced back in January, could have huge implications for both the PC and console gaming markets. Let's focus on how this feature fits into Microsoft's "One Windows" strategy, and how it could impact other streaming players like Sony (NYSE:SNE), Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), and Valve. - Referenced Article
Tom Brady destroyed his credibility along with his cell phone. Might have put a few dents in his legacy, too.
For months, everyone has been snickering at the idea of the reigning Super Bowl MVP, the NFL's Golden Boy, being suspended for letting air out of footballs. But no one should be laughing now, not after Commissioner Roger Goodell's little bombshell Tuesday. - Referenced Article
A San Diego man has filed a lawsuit against Conan O’Brien, TBS and others on the comedian’s team for allegedly violating copyright on four jokes.
According to a complaint filed on July 22 in California federal court by Robert Kaseberg, the jokes were posted on a personal blog and on Twitter before making it into O’Brien’s late night show monologue. - Referenced Article
YouTube is unveiling a redesign to its mobile app, visible right away on Android devices and coming soon to Apple devices.
The app has a "streamlined design," YouTube says, with three main pathways: a personalized home page, a subscriptions page for channels that users have signed up for, and an account page. - Referenced Article
Combined with a bullish forecast for the third quarter, upbeat comments from company executives on Amazon's Prime delivery service and rapid growth in its cloud computing service, Amazon delivered the kind of results Wall Street is looking for.
Seattle-based Amazon, which last reported a profit in the 2014 fourth quarter, has often faced worries by investors that its heavy spending on new ventures will not actually pay off. - Referenced Article
If Taylor Swift and Katy Perry didn’t have “Bad Blood” before, they certainly do now.
Fans of Swift have long-speculated that her most recent No. 1 single—which was just nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards—is about her falling out with Katy Perry, who pretty much confirmed that interpretation when she weighed in on Swift’s recent, widely criticized Twitter exchange with Nicki Minaj. - Referenced Article
Jerome Bettis looked at the box of cereal with his likeness on the front, and then glanced down at the lower left corner of it and couldn’t hide his smile. What he saw, what made him smile, is a logo that makes him so proud, the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo. “It warms my heart every time I see it,” said Bettis.
“This is something that was never a dream as a kid. You don’t dream of going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You dream of winning a championship. So when I see it, the realization is now I am in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” - Referenced Article
Minaj argued how Taylor Swift is privileged as an artist Nicki Minaj tweeted her frustrations on Tuesday over what the annual crop of MTV Video Music Award nominees says about mainstream music: black women are rarely rewarded for their influence on pop culture.
The rapper, who scored three nominations herself, accused MTV of snubbing her hit song “Anaconda” - Referenced Article
The on-demand car app is taking to the airwaves in New York with a blunt message aimed at Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's taxis. But that is just one front in the company’s worldwide fight to grow even bigger. Uber’s chief adviser and board member David Plouffe used to serve as President Obama’s campaign manager in 2008 before becoming a White House adviser. Plouffe joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss Uber's explosive growth and legal fights.
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What can 11 luxury watches, a diamond wedding ring, a 401(k) account, three high-performance cars and 10 properties buy?
In the case of Jeffrey Webb, an ex-FIFA executive, it’ll secure a $10 million bond releasing him from police custody. Webb, a former vice president of soccer’s scandal-hit world governing body, was one of seven officials extradited from Switzerland in May for corruption. - Referenced Article
Toshiba's chief executive is stepping down to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 151.8 billion yen ($1.2 billion).
Toshiba acknowledged a systematic cover-up, which began in 2008, as various parts of its sprawling business including computer chips and personal computers were struggling financially. - Referenced Article
Since it opened its website in July 1995, Amazon.com Inc. has grown from a seller of books into one of the world’s biggest retailers.
Its growth has been fueled by a consumer shift to online shopping and Amazon’s willingness to sacrifice profits to expand. Here’s a look at 20 years of sales for Amazon and three close competitors— Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and Barnes & Noble Inc.—and a look how Wall Street has valued those companies. - Referenced Article
Facebook’s pages for small businesses originally started as a way for them to stay in touch with customers and hopefully generate leads, but now the social network wants to supercharge their revenue power by providing merchants with online storefronts inside their page. Facebook FB 0.61% is reportedly testing this new feature with some online retailers, according to BuzzFeed.
The new feature essentially lets merchants showcase products and let Facebook users shop directly from within the storefront in the page instead of having to go to the merchant’s website. - Referenced Article
Welcome to America, circa 2015, where the dividing line between sports and pop culture no longer exists. Mix the hubris of Hollywood with the bravado of modern athletes and you get what you get. I can barely watch but neither can I resist the chance to witness it up close.
This is better than Brutus stabbing Caesar at the Theater of Pompey, though I’ll admit I was busy that night and didn’t catch it live. But I managed to see the ESPYs in person on Wednesday, amid the legends and the lunatics and the occasional Brutus or two. Red carpets seem to attract that. - Referenced Article
The summer retail wars are heating up. Walmart has announced a massive online sale in an effort to compete with Amazon Prime Day. Starting Wednesday, the giant retailer will offer thousands of new online-only "rollback deals" and lower its free shipping minimum order to $35 from $50. "We've heard some retailers are charging $100 to get access to a sale.
But the idea of asking customers to pay extra in order to save money just doesn't add up for us," Fernando Madeira, president and CEO of Walmart.com, said in a statement on a company blog. - Referenced Article
"If it's not an iPhone," Apple's latest advert for its smartphone points out, "it's not an iPhone."
That might be a pretty obvious statement - infamous mimicry notwithstanding - but it comes with a bold statistic. According to Apple, 99-percent of people who own an iPhone, love that phone. It's part of a one-two punch against Android tackling not only brand-loyalty and device satisfaction, but - thanks to a second advert released at the same time - the value to be had when you make both your hardware and your software. - Referenced Article
After the death of Nintendo Co.’s president, the leadership spotlight is falling on Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of blockbuster videogame franchises such as Donkey Kong, Mario and Zelda. Nintendo said Monday that it had no plans yet for who would replace Satoru Iwata, who served as president from 2002 until his death from cancer on Saturday at age 55.
The company didn’t name an interim president but said that Mr. Miyamoto and another executive, Genyo Takeda, would maintain their roles as representative directors, a title they shared with Mr. Iwata. - Referenced Article
U.S. investors woke up to word of Greece agreeing to a bailout deal with creditors, news that is likely to deliver a relief rally to Wall Street, which had feared a Greek exit from the euro.
After marathon negotiations that began Sunday, Greece and eurozone creditors shook hands on a tentative agreement early Monday that would unlock about $95 billion in new aid to debt-strapped Greece in exchange for a spate of new tough concessions agreed to by Athens’ prime minister Alexis Tsipras, which included reforms to a costly pension system, higher taxes and the placing of Greek state assets in a dedicated fund of 50 billion euros. - Referenced Article
Microsoft's new Office apps do a good job of helping us navigate a world in which we frequently switch from one device to another - from a Mac to a Windows PC, with a smartphone or tablet along the way.
The company released Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac on Thursday and new apps for Android phones two weeks ago. New ones for Windows phones and tablets are coming this summer and for Windows PCs this fall. - Referenced Article
Apple recently announced its next iOS 9 and for the first time ever, it has released a public beta of the software.
Anyone who has a compatible iOS device can now download the iOS 9 beta. As it is still in beta, you must know that it could have its set of glitches that you- as a consumer beta tester- could report directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.
Also, before you begin downloading the iOS 9 beta on your iPhone or iPad, it is important to backup all of the device’s data onto iTunes or iCloud. - Referenced Article
Hannibal Buress didn’t wait too long into the premiere of his new Comedy Central show Why?
With Hannibal Buress to make a Bill Cosby joke. During the host’s stand-up monologue at the show’s onset, Buress made a few topical jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, and Greece. But then he surprisingly segued into a set-up about his mistrust of male housekeeping in hotels.
Clothing is hitting store shelves embedded with smart technology that can give you information on heart rates, breathing and calorie counts. CNET Reviews editor-in-chief Lindsey Turrentine joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the technology transforming the fitness and health industry.
Pao also promised to improve communication between the website and its community of users. Some users and moderators of the popular discussion site have been up in arms by Pao's decision last week to let go a top executive who was popular with Reddit users.
"Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me," Pao said in a statement posted on the site. - Referenced Article
Another month, another surprise release by one of the biggest names in the music world. Today, Lil Wayne has dropped his latest album, Free Weezy Album (or FWA as it appears to have been shortened to), exclusively on Tidal.
FWA is technically a mixtape, as it isn’t going to be for sale, but rather just a free gift to fans.
The rapper is in the middle of a very nasty battle with his record label, Cash Money Records, which he has been with since the beginning of his career. He claims that the company is withholding not only two full albums, but also tens of millions of dollars in money he is owed. - Referenced Article
For those of us in the technology world, digital is a technology concept – customer-driven technology to be sure, but still about the ones and zeroes in the end.
Ask someone in the advertising industry about digital, however, and you’ll get a very different answer.
It’s about the transformation of branding. “Colors and the emotional aspect of what a brand represents – those days are gone,” says Eric Pilkington, Chief Digital Officer at McCann Health, a McCann Worldgroup agency, which is owned by advertising giant Interpublic Group. - Referenced Article
Just how exclusive is The Country Club in Brookline?
We’re about to find out. Word around the club’s meticulously manicured grounds is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, whose mansion is just an errant tee shot away, would like to join.
But it’s not clear if the club famous for understatement and insularity will accept the glamorous power couple as members. - Referenced Article
Phil Mickelson has been in the news more for potential illegal financial activity than he has for winning golf tournaments over the last two years. First, Lefty was tied up in a potential insider trading extravaganza.
Now, a sports gambling ring and money laundering story. ESPN is reporting that almost $3 million of Mickelson's cash was transferred to someone who could get 60 years in prison for money laundering and illegal sports betting. Here's the crux of the matter from ESPN:
Nearly $3 million transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events," according to two sources and court documents obtained by Outside the Lines.
Mickelson, a five-time major winner and one of the PGA Tour's wealthiest and most popular players, has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation.
New research by two prominent U.S. academics suggests that Google Inc. is harming Internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own services, a potentially significant twist in Europe’s long-running antitrust investigation of the U.S. search giant.
The research combines statistical testing with detailed legal and economic analysis to examine the ramifications of Google’s practice of promoting its own specialized search services, such as for local restaurants or doctors, at the expense of rivals like Yelp and TripAdvisor.
It was sponsored by Yelp, which has filed a complaint with EU antitrust authorities over Google’s search practices. It was presented to EU regulators on Friday. - Referenced Article
Williams prefers to downplay her chances of becoming the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four major tournaments — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — in the same season.
"I haven't done well at Wimbledon recently, so that's the only one that's kind of eluding me," Williams said, managing to keep a straight face and perhaps hoping to convince herself as much as anyone who might be listening. "So I'm trying to get to that one, at least make it deep in the second week of that tournament." - Referenced Article
Detroit is jumping into Silicon Valley's "sharing economy." Ford is launching a pilot program to allow owners who've financed through Ford credit to rent their cars short-term. Fourteen-thousand American drivers in six cities will be eligible, as well as 12,000 Ford owners in London. CBS News financial contributor Mellody Hobson joins "CBS This Morning" from Chicago to discuss the car-sharing trend.
Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009, but for many of his fans, it feels like yesterday. From the radio to the Internet, the King of Pop is being remembered today for his legacy of music and superstardom.
A cappella group Pentatonix performed a mashup of 25 MJ songs in an "Evolution of Michael Jackson" video that has gotten more than 3 million views. - Referenced Article
Finding Your Roots, similar to the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, researches celebrity family histories.
A review into an episode, which aired in October, concluded Affleck lobbied producers about ditching details about his slave-owning ancestors. PBS said it plans to hire a fact-checker and an independent genealogist. - Referenced Article
How often have you fired off an email and then immediately thought, "I maybe shouldn't have sent that"? Whether it's a typoed name, a sentence worded less-than-perfectly or simply something that your lawyer would have urged you not to put in writing, there are certain mistakes you probably don't want your intended recipients seeing.
On Monday, Google's email service debuted an attempt at a solution to these problems: the Undo Send feature. - Referenced Article
This follows similar movies by major retailers WalMart , Sears, eBay and Amazon, which all said they're going to stop selling the Confederate flag. Vanden Bosch told CNNMoney earlier this week that the flag making industry doesn't like to get involved in the politics of various flags.
"Generally speaking, as an industry, the stance has been we are not making patriotic statements or unpatriotic statements," said Vanden Bosch, who is also president of Flag Manufacturers Association of America. - Referenced Article
For about a month now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has "looked forward to hearing directly" from Tom Brady. It was a point he made at the May 20 NFL owner meetings, and it was a point he reiterated in his June 2 letter to the NFLPA.
"I very much look forward to hearing from Mr. Brady and to considering any new information or evidence that he may bring to my attention," Goodell wrote.
"My mind is open; there has been no 'prejudgment' and no bias that warrants recusal." - Referenced Article
YouTube is the clear leader in video sharing and viewing, but Facebook is creeping up on the Google-owned giant. According to a recent survey and market research by Ampere Analysis, Facebook is on track to deliver two thirds as many video views in 2015 as YouTube does — two trillion versus YouTube’s three trillion.
In his mind, Jordan Spieth had waged a valiant fight against a penal colony of a golf course, against heavy self-imposed pressure to win the U.S. Open, and still he had come up empty. Somehow he had double-bogeyed the 17th at Chambers Bay, and so the birdie at the 72nd hole would prove irrelevant with Dustin Johnson about to win on an eagle try from 13 feet.
Spieth was behind closed doors in the scoring area, locked away with the local caddie, Michael Greller, who had gotten married at this place. Referenced Article
t took an Apple executive less than a day to bow to pop music juggernaut Taylor Swift.
Swift penned an open letter to Apple on Sunday shaming the company over its plan to not pay music artists during a trial period for its new streaming music service that launches June 30. - Referenced Article
Cisco CEO John Chambers is a pioneer in building the digital economy. On his watch, Cisco grew from just over $1 billion in annual revenue to $47 billion. Chambers joins “CBS This Morning” from the Cisco headquarters in San Jose, California, to discuss how companies can survive cutthroat competition in the digital age.
BlackBerry may be looking to Google's Android operating system to power an upcoming smartphone.
The struggling smartphone maker could run Android on an "upcoming slider device" that will likely be released this fall, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources "familiar with the matter." - Referenced Article
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a badgering fan Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in an incident that was dismissed as "fairly straightforward" by a police spokesman in Irving, Texas.
Irving public information officer James McLellan told ESPN on Sunday that no charges were filed, and there was no evidence that Manziel was "intoxicated or even had been drinking." - Referenced Article
The international investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption at FIFA involved some surprising American names: The Miami chairman of a popular nationwide soccer league, and a major U.S. sportswear firm some believe could be Nike.
For more than two decades, the Justice Department said Wednesday, five "unscrupulous" U.S. and South American sports and banking executives helped funnel more than $150 million in bribes to officials atop FIFA, the multibillion-dollar goliath governing the world's most popular sport. - Referenced Article
A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue.
In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. - Referenced Article
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A first-quarter economic chill won't deter the Federal Reserve from its plan to raise interest rates this year, chair Janet Yellen said, assuring investors the pace of subsequent tightening would be gradual.
Although the labor market is nearing full strength, "we are not there yet," she said Friday in a speech in Providence, R.I., emphasizing that the Fed would proceed cautiously. - Referenced Article
David Blatt graduated from Princeton in the early 1980s, playing under legendary coach Pete Carrill before an extended pro career overseas.
He finished with a bachelor's degree in English Literature, writing his senior thesis on Brooklyn-born Bernard Malamud, author of the 1952 baseball novel "The Natural," as an expression of his affinity for sports literature. - Referenced Article
Kraft and Goodell have done more to manipulate the NFL than simply deflating footballs; Kraft lobbied Belichick's complete philosophy of the game and preserved mediocre 6th round pocket QBs like Brady in the league. Welker, Woodhead and Kevin Faulk could not have existed with out the Kraft/Goodell pact.
The long-rumored morphing of Google Shopping into a marketplace that could compete head-on with the likes of Amazon and Ebay appears to be getting closer. “Buy” buttons could start appearing on select Google mobile search ads in a matter of weeks.
The Wall Street Journal cited anonymous sources saying Macy’s is among the retailers in discussions with Google to join the launch. - Referenced Article
In May of 2010, investors were not showing a great deal of faith in Tim Armstrong and his new plans for AOL as the company once again operated as an independent company, spun off from Time Warner and one of the worst mergers in corporate history.
As AOL’s stock was falling and changing hands for just under $22, Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, decided to put some money where his mouth was, purchasing more than $11 million of AOL stock. - Referenced Article
Twitter has announced policy changes that the company hopes will limit abuse on its social network.
Twitter has updated its policy pertaining to violent threats to include "promot[ing] violence against others." Previously, the policy banned tweets that were limited to "direct, specific threats of violence against others." - Referenced Article
"What's not quantifiable is the instantaneous brand elevation that occurred," O'Connor told USA TODAY Sports. "The apparel they had on him is mainstream apparel, and it's a whole new marketing and sales platform available to the general public.
"People are saying, 'I want to be like Jordan,' only this time it's not Mike. Under Armour has capitalized on that beautifully." - Referenced Article
Twitter is testing yet another interesting new feature; some brands are now able to pin their apps directly to their Twitter profiles in its iPhone app.
The change was spotted by a tipster on profiles of some verified business accounts including Periscope, Vine and Uber. It now prominently shows the company’s app, its rating on the App Store and a button to download or open it if it’s already installed. - Referenced Article
Callaway clearly has the better product when it comes to their new lightweight stand bag, but I have to say Nike wins out in terms of style. Nike has revolutionized the look and Callaway has revolutionized the technology and usability.
Since bags do not perform, the golfer does, you might prefer using the Nike bag if you mix and match your clubs; and this is coming from someone who buys Callaway clubs exclusively. There is no question that I'd rather buy the bag of the manufacturer of the clubs I use, so Callaway makes sense to me.
Sadly, I feel slighted that Nike has edged Callaway out in terms of charm and the aerodynamic look. It reminds me
of when cars changed to the rounded and sexier look. Callaway has simply put good looking colors on a box and even when you compare colors you'd have to still give the edge to Nike.
The program he uses isn't some NSA-like top-secret spy software. It's actually a part of Microsoft Office called "Delve."
You can use it too -- if your company pays Microsoft for it. Microsoft Delve is yet another cloud tool that allows team members to share and collaborate on documents with one another (see: Google Docs, SharePoint, Trello, Yammer, Slack, etc.) - Referenced Article
You've seen Google's annual lists of trendy search terms, featuring things like "robin williams," "world cup," and "ebola," but those show only the most unusually popular terms, not the most popular terms overall. In fact, the most popular searches are a lot more basic.
The clear winner around the world is "facebook," which is funny given that you could just as easily type facebook.com into a URL bar. "google" and "youtube" are also popular and likewise amusing. - Referenced Article
Looking to make bicyclists' commutes safer and more efficient, American car company Ford introduced two concept electric bicycles today during a press event at MWC 2015. Known as the MoDe:Pro and the MoDe:Me, the e-bikes are equipped with a number of smart features that connect to the Apple iPhone 6.
According to Erica Klampfl, Ford's head of mobility, the bikes were part of a company-wide challenge that asked employees and designers to come up with a smart e-bike. Referenced Article
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Google today confirmed that it is exploring the option of offering a wireless service. During a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, said that in order to push Android forward, you always need to be looking ahead.
That's why Google got into the hardware business with the Nexus lineup, and why it's looking into offering wireless service. - Referenced Article
Apple Inc. usually draws out the bull in analysts, but one firm is predicting destruction for the company. In fact, the $60 per share price target set by the German investment bank is so low that some of you are probably wondering if that’s a typo.
No, it isn’t. Apple Insider‘s Neil Hughes reported on the research note from analyst Adnaan Ahmad of Berenberg Bank. His biggest problem regarding Apple is its reliance on iPhone sales... - Referenced Article
These are jittery times for magazine publishers as readers and advertisers dance between the companies’ once-dominant publications and relatively new but powerful competitors such as Twitter , Facebook and Instagram.
For Joe Ripp, chief executive of Time Inc., the competitive landscape has translated into the sale of once-prized real estate, and a coming move to lower Manhattan that will save on rent. - Referenced Article
The deal struck Friday by finance officials in Brussels should keep Greece afloat and safely in the euro while it works out a long term plan for economic recovery.
Greece must still come up with a list of reforms acceptable to its creditors, including the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, by Monday for the massive bailout to be extended beyond the end of the month. - Referenced Article
Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao admitted that there's no rematch clause for his upcoming May 2 super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
For him, the important thing is to set this fight first. In an interview with ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo, the fighting congressman also assured he still has enough training time to prepare against the undefeated by controversial American boxer. - Referenced Article
We all know that having a mentor is one of those things you’re “supposed to do” to be successful. But, the reality is that there aren’t nearly as many good mentors out there as there are people who need them.
What’s a guy (or gal) to do?
We suggest looking to the greats. We scoured the web for advice from the mentors we wish we had to figure out what aspects of our lives they would be drilling us about. - Referenced Article
An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an "unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy" that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Dallas-based SCA Promotions announced the 2-1 decision against the former cyclist when its lawyers said Monday they had asked Texas' 116th Civil District Court in Dallas to confirm the arbitration ruling... - Referenced Article
German and Greek officials traded barbed remarks ahead of a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday, signaling how difficult it may be to resolve the latest crisis over finances in Greece.
The European part of Greece’s bailout program is to expire at the end of the month, raising the risk that the country could default on loan repayments and become the first member of the euro currency union to leave it. - Referenced Article
All that new-found hope that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would really, finally, actually, for-reals-this-time have a boxing match?
That was so early-Sunday. Later on Sunday, Mayweather appeared on national television to throw cold water all over the optimism.
A report by the Telegraph, citing a source close to Pacquiao, claimed that the two sides had come to an agreement over the details for their long-awaited fight, worth $250 million. - Referenced Article
“Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé,” West said in an interview with E! after the ceremony. “At this point we tired of it because what happens is when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats in music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.
“We aren’t playing with them anymore. And by the way, I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing that would put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight, but you all knew what it meant when ’Ye stepped on that stage.” Referenced Article
Former Olympic decathlon champion and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a fatal three-car accident in Southern California on Saturday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
Sgt. Matthew Dunn was unable to say whether Jenner was a driver or passenger. One person was killed in the wreck at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road, Dunn said, but no information about the deceased was immediately available. - Referenced Article
Tablet shipments fell at the end of last year for the first time since the market's inception in 2010, according to a new report, with Amazon devices plummeting nearly 70 percent.
Global shipments for tablets fell to 76.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, dropping 3.2 percent from the same period the previous year, according to tech market research firm IDC. - Referenced Article
Given the agonizing over air pressure that has racked the N.F.L. in recent weeks, it was appropriate that the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLIX was Katy Perry, a queen of our deflated pop times.
Ms. Perry is a Technicolor cipher, a singer who takes on the shapes and tones she is given with aplomb and cheer but maybe not wit. - Referenced Article
Because they didn't go into Beast Mode, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in Spin Mode after Super Bowl XLIX.
They were left to explain why they turned Marshawn Lynch - the running back known as "The Beast" - into a decoy with the game on the line and chose instead to pass the ball on second-and-goal from the 1. - Referenced Article
America has spoken, and it thinks the Patriots are lying cheaters.
That was the verdict from a nationwide poll this week of Americans who by a big margin don’t buy New England’s explanation for Deflategate and are now pulling for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.
Hours after a public face-to-face meeting and brief discussion during halftime of Tuesday night's Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. met privately for more than an hour to continue discussing terms for their proposed May 2 megafight.
They met inside Pacquiao's hotel suite and "it was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over," Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, who was present at the meeting, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. - Referenced Article
A picture of India's top corporate honchos waiting in a line has gone viral on social media. The picture had Indian businessmen and CEOs lined up for the summit with US President Barack Obama.
The US-Indo CEO forum in New Delhi on Monday evening saw Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Adani Group head Gautam Adani, Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra, Bharti Enterprises chief Sunil Mittal, Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani... - Referenced Article
LeGarrette Blount was unceremoniously cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, one day after the running back reportedly left the field early after being perturbed he didn't get any carries in a game.
Days later Blount was on the New England Patriots, plowing over defenders on his road to a Super Bowl appearance.
"You know things didn't work out as planned," he said during Tuesday's Media Day - Referenced Article
Google Inc. is preparing to offer its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in four new metro areas, the latest step in a careful expansion of the service.
Google will announce launches of Google Fiber in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. in coming days, according to two people familiar with the situation. - Referenced Article
Information technology typically changes in leaps and bounds, and for collaboration in digital channels, those changes have been rather turbulent over the last decade.
While the most significant overall trend during this time has been the strategic up-leveling of corporate engagement using the social business model to foster large-scale, high impact corporate communities, the pendulum of innovation has recently swung back to more intimate and close quarters. - Referenced Article
No record was at stake Sunday afternoon. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski had already taken care of that, eclipsing Bob Knight’s mark for wins by an N.C.A.A. Division I men’s basketball coach, 902, in 2011 and chugging steadily onward.
Still, an announced crowd of 19,812 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday had the chance to see four little digits align to represent one big, round number — and with it, a breakthrough into another echelon of the sport. - Referenced Article
The NFL has found that 11 of 12 of the New England Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the NFL requires, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC championship game told ESPN.
The investigation found the footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what's required by NFL regulations during the Pats' 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources. - Referenced Article
In one of their first full squad meetings of the 2014 season, inside a meeting room at Anderson University in rural Indiana, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was blunt with his players about his expectations.
This was a season that should end in the Super Bowl, Pagano told them, admitting to his team that he knew a similar speech was taking place in 31 other NFL meeting rooms. - Referenced Article
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, fresh off leading the Buckeyes to victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game, announced Thursday afternoon that he would return to Ohio State instead of declaring for the N.F.L. draft.
Jones, who at one point was the team’s third-string quarterback, completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown as the Buckeyes upset Oregon, 42-20, on Monday night in Arlington, Tex. He also had 21 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. - Referenced Article
This year's lineup of Academy Award nominees for acting is the least racially diverse in 17 years.
All the performers nominated across the four acting categories are white — the first time that's happened since 1998, the year "Titanic" scored the top prize. David Oyelowo, the British-born Nigerian actor who played the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," was widely expected to be nominated for Best Actor — but he was shut out.
Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper") and Steve Carrel ("Foxcatcher") nabbed nominations in that column, defying predictions from Oscar pundits. - Referenced Article
“Listen, not to go all totally out of conscious [I believe he meant ‘context’], but just think about this, Stephen A., honest to God,” Lewis said. “When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest! — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule! There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble! […]
“They don’t go to that championship game — they don’t go to that championship game if that tuck rule, if that ball is not called a tuck! That’s a fumble!” Lewis shouted. “Charles Woodson made that man clearly fumble the ball and they named it the tuck rule, something that we’ve never heard in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: When did the legacy really start?” - Referenced Article
Stocks tumbled in early trading Wednesday after a weak reading on December retail sales and a profit miss from JPMorgan added to investor worries. Hurting the Dow was a fourth-quarter earnings miss from Dow component JPMorgan Chase (JPM).
The bank posted earnings per share of $1.19, far below the $1.31 analysts' expected. JPMorgan's revenue number also came in light. - Referenced Article
New Year's resolutions are in full swing, but don't tell that to restaurant stocks. Several of them are hitting intraday all-time highs on Wednesday on the heels of Sonic's blockbuster same-store sales report. Sonic, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Jack in the Box, Texas Roadhouse, DineEquity, Papa John's International, Brinker International, Cheesecake Factory, Buffalo Wild Wings and Darden Restaurants all jumped to all-time intraday highs Wednesday, according to FactSet data. - Referenced Article
On an episode of The Seth Davis Show, former NBA MVP and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley revealed why he’s no longer friends with Michael Jordan, after years of being close.
“I think [Jordan] was offended by some things I said about him on television. One of the reasons I don’t trust the media is you can’t have a double standard for guys you like and dislike.
I said Michael wasn’t doing a good job — he’s doing a great job now, [the Charlotte Hornets have] gotten better, they’ve made some great signings — but they weren’t doing good and I thought he didn’t have good people around him.
For Florida State fans, Jameis Winston’s decision to leave school early and declare for the National Football League draft wasn’t necessarily a surprise – he’s been among college football’s most exhilarating, pro-ready talents since he made his debut under center in the fall of 2013.
But their feelings about losing him to the pros are far more complicated than the typical fan base saying goodbye to their leader, an undeniably gifted quarterback who picked up a Heisman trophy and a national title en route to a 26-1 career record for the 'Noles. - Referenced Article
Obama said he watched the game and told the newspaper that he couldn't "remember a circumstance in which a good call by one of the refs is argued about by an opposing player of the other team with his helmet off on the field, which in and of itself is supposed to be a penalty.
The call is announced and then reversed without explanation.
I haven't seen that before. So I will leave it up to the experts to make the judgment as to why that happened, but I can tell you if I was a Lions fan I'd be pretty aggravated." - Referenced Article
Traveling with kids is tough, but it's even more difficult when you and your little ones are being swarmed by the paparazzi—just ask Olivier Martinez!
The French actor, wife Hally Berry, son Maceo and step-daughter Nahla were making their way out of LAX Sunday afternoon when a crowd of photographers and a contract airport employee reportedly got too close to the famous family. - Referenced Article
Pacific Investment Management Co.’s biggest mutual fund suffered about $19.4 billion in withdrawals in December, the 20th straight month of redemptions, capping a year that included the surprise departures of Bill Gross and Mohamed El-Erian. Reference Article
Aerotech has the space it needs to keep up with rising sales demand. It has the tools, too. Just not enough talent. “Our shortcoming was our human resources,” said Ashley Wellner, director of manufacturing at the O'Hara company. - Referenced Article
Former standout defensive tackle Warren Sapp expresses his outrage with Ndamukong Suh's suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers injured leg.
"Acknowledge the fact that you're stepping on a human begin," Sapp said. Sapp talked about the casualness of inflicting the act and walking away without acknowledging the pain he was obviously inflicting. - Reference Article
Chris Rock and his wife are divorcing after nearly 20 years together.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, said in a statement Sunday. - Referenced Article
This holiday season, Americans spent a record $48.3 billion shopping online, up 15% on last year according to ComScore.
Of that, $5.8 billion was spent the week before Christmas, meaning millions of you spent the days prior to the holiday desperately checking online package trackers to see whether the gifts you ordered made it under your loved ones’ trees by the 25th. - Referenced Article
By nearly all accounts, Jim Harbaugh's future with the San Francisco 49ers is nearing its end. That was reported last week by Fox Sports and speculated by many other NFL reporters over the past year. - Referenced Article
Once considered one of the NFL's biggest stars, New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick says he thinks Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston could be the league's next big star.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is "the future of the NFL," according to Michael Vick.
"I think he's the future of the NFL," Vick said of the Seminoles' Heisman Trophy winner, according to NJ.com. "I've been around so long, I appreciate guys coming out of college. I look forward to watching him. I have high expectations for him." - Referenced Article
The opportunity to play for a contender again has Rajon Rondo feeling revitalized after leaving a rebuilding franchise in the Boston Celtics.
"There's one goal that you have in mind, and I'm dying to get another ring again," Rondo said in his introductory news conference after joining the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade. "I want another parade." - Referenced Article
The plot is thickening for Michigan's football coaching search and Jim Harbaugh.
Well, maybe. It's important to know that there have been many reports and rumors regarding the possible return of the San Francisco 49ers coach to U-M, some right and many wrong thus far. - Referenced Article
Thomas J. Herzfeld has been waiting over two decades for the U.S. government to normalize trade relations with Cuba, after isolating the Communist country 90 miles offshore from Florida for over a half century.
A closed-end fund Herzfeld manages called the Nasdaq-listed Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund (ticker: CUBA) surged as much as 50% to seven-year highs on Wednesday ... - Referenced Article
U.S. officials have concluded that the North Korean government ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment — a breach that led to the studio cancelling the planned release of "The Interview" — and a U.S. official told NBC News that the country "can't let this go unanswered."
The officials told NBC News the hacking attack originated outside North Korea, but they believe the individuals behind it were acting on orders from the North Koreans. Referenced Article
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been offered a six-year contract worth $48 million to become the new coach at Michigan, sources informed of Michigan's plans told NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.
A week ago Harbaugh indicated to Michigan officials that he preferred to stay in the NFL, according to Rapoport. - Referenced Article
Do all of the naysayers about Johnny Manziel have something to hang their hats on after his dismal performance on Sunday? If you’ll remember there were a lot of analysts saying he couldn’t make it in the big league.
Some said a first round selection would be too high in the draft. What is very apparent is he’s not the day-one QB some were hoping for. Where it counted the most, against a division rival and with playoff aspirations in the mix, he failed miserably.
The Cincinnati, who have had troubles of their own this season, were able to dictate the game and shut the Heisman QB out the entire game. Johnny Football was a non-factor.
Every defensive coordinator will look at the tapes from his poor performance against the Bengals to get insights on getting in Manziel’s head. Is he a conversation piece? Yes. Does he sell seats? Yes. But the real question is can he perform in the NFL? And this has yet to be seen.
I know some of you are defending him. You’re saying, give him time or he shouldn’t be expected to perform after being on the bench all season. My response to you all is, didn’t he sell the narrative that he’s spectacular. Tebow was supposed to be spectacular too.
The ruble plunged by about 12% Monday, meaning it's lost nearly 50% against the dollar this year. Early Tuesday in Russia, the central bank hiked its key interest rate for a sixth time this year to 17% from 10.5%.
A double-whammy of collapsing oil prices and Western sanctions is driving up inflation. Cash is flooding out of the country and the risk that some Russian companies may default is increasing. - Referenced Article
Kevin Hart is speaking out in response to leaked Sony emails in which one exec called him a “whore.” “Knowing your self worth is extremely important, people,” the movie star wrote Thursday on Instagram.
“I worked very hard to get where I am today. I look at myself as a brand and because of that I will never allow myself to be taking advantage of. - Referenced Article
Google said it plans to close its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation under which publishers will soon be able to force Internet sites to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.
In a statement, the search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut down this service in Spain on 16 December. - Referenced Article
Instagram has something to shout about this holiday season, as the photo-sharing service announced a milestone 300 million users.
The image-centric social network has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos every day as a portal for users to share things like the beauty of the Nile River and the everyday silliness of Taylor Swift. - Referenced Article
In a noteworthy announcement made on Monday, Yahoo said that it will host its first-ever mobile developers conference next year.
The conference will simply be called the Mobile Developer Conference; and it will be held in San Francisco on February 19, 2015.
The conference will be a one-day event, during which Yahoo and mobile analytics firm Flurry - which Yahoo acquired in July this year - will mainly focus on what the two companies are describing as their next stride in mobile development. Referenced Article
Hackers calling themselves Guardians of the Peace (GOP) have leaked a large number of confidential files from entertainment giant Sony, in a cyber attack that began on November 24.
While the identity of the hackers remains unclear, the information in question has been circulated far and wide: the latest leak contained the secret names used by stars hoping to remain incognito. - Referenced Article
A Riverside County woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday against beleaguered comedian Bill Cosby, alleging he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judy Huth said she and a 16-year-old friend met the comedian that year at a San Marino park.
The alleged assault occurred later, after Huth said Cosby gave her alcohol to drink and led her to the mansion. - Referenced Article
Tiger Woods went back to his very successful past to try to forge a path to the future.
Having plenty of time to study and assess due to another lengthy injury hiatus, Woods used the months when he didn't hit a shot to assess how best to hit them when he returns, with his first competition coming this week at the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth. - Referenced Article
Chris Rock is the first to admit that it’s been “a weird year for comedy.” Between the deaths of comedy legends Joan Rivers and Robin Williams, and now with the rape allegations surrounding his idol Bill Cosby, Chris admits in an interview with New York Magazine on Dec. 1 that he feels like a big part of Bill has been lost too.
Chris, 49, is pretty speechless about Bill’s rape allegations scandal, even though the 77-year-old comedian has denied any truth to them. Referenced Article
There's a different kind of cookie coming to your computer this holiday season. For the first time in their more than 100-year history, the Girl Scouts have gone digital.
Starting Dec. 12, all you have to do is go online to buy your Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and more. Scouts can sell their cookies through personalized cookie websites and a mobile app, customizing their landing pages with pictures, text and more. - Referenced Article
South Korea's Samsung Group said on Wednesday it is selling stakes in four chemical and defense firms for 1.9 trillion won ($1.72 billion) to Hanwha Group, the latest move in the massive task of restructuring the country's largest conglomerate.
Samsung Group is reorganizing its business empire to make it easier for the children of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) chairman Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has been hospitalized since a May heart attack, to divvy up the conglomerate. - Referenced Article
But so many people hate seeing them, and they often resent all the data tracking that props them up. It’s a clash that has become a major pain point for news websites and other publishers.
The rise of ad blockers, which let people surf the web without these annoying ads, is also blocking their revenue. But Google is now offering a service that addresses both sides of this rather complicated issue. - Referenced Site
In a major departure for both Mozilla and Yahoo, Firefox's default search engine is switching from Google to Yahoo in the United States.
"I'm thrilled to announce that we've entered into a five-year partnership with Mozilla to make Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox across mobile and desktop," Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said in a blog post Wednesday.
As the heat turns up on comedian Bill Cosby–with more accusations of predatory behavior surfacing–it’s fascinating to watch the woman most inextricably linked with Cosby in the public mind speak about him. - Referenced Article
Former CNN host Piers Morgan offered his opinion on the use of the N-word, and John Legend was not here for it.
In a column for Daily Mail titled, “If black Americans want the N-word to die, they will have to kill it themselves,” Morgan called for the expunging of the term by Black people as the solution to other race’s use of the word. - Referenced Article
ya'll better thank @piersmorgan for providing that simple, straightforward solution to racism. So brilliant. why didn't we think of this???
Following two years of disappointing sales...Pizza Hut will focus on dozens of new flavor options as it mounts the 56-year-old brand's biggest-ever redo. It will add 11 new pizza recipes, 10 new crust flavors, six new sauces, five new toppings, four new flavor-pack drizzles, a new logo, new uniforms and, yes, even a new pizza box.
For those keeping count, the chain is more than doubling its available ingredients at all 6,300 U.S. locations beginning Nov. 19. - Referenced Article
Days after Warren Buffett announced his $26.5 billion buyout of railroad BNSF, he insisted that he’d paid a steep price to own a business that would benefit his company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., over the next century.
“You don’t get bargains on things like that,” he said in a November 2009 interview with Charlie Rose that aired on PBS. “It’s not cheap.” - Referenced Article
Canada’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to a six-year low last month on hiring led by retailers and financial companies. Employment rose by 43,100 after a jump of 74,100 the prior month and the jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent from 6.8 percent, Statistics Canada said today in Ottawa.
Both results exceeded all economist predictions in a Bloomberg News survey that called for unemployment to rise to 6.9 percent on 5,000 job losses. Referenced Article
Social media has not always been kind to McDonald’s. And so, the fast food chain hired MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara do disprove Twitter-feuled myths of pink slime and other gross rumors as part of a new ad campaign.
The latest target in McDonald’s marketing campaign is the McRib. Although the seasonal menu offering has a cult-like following, the company took a PR hit last year when an alleged image of the uncooked food went viral. - Referenced Article
USA Today By : Eric Prisbell and Brent Schrotenboer
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault as part of plea deal with prosecutors to resolve his felony child abuse case.
As part of the deal, Peterson will avoid jail time and instead be ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, costs of court and 80 hours of community service. - Referenced Article
European shares fell on Tuesday as the European Commission's move to cut its growth forecast for the euro zone prompted investors to trim their equity exposure and a sharp drop in oil prices tripped up energy shares.
The STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index fell 3.3 percent, the biggest sectoral decliner, tracking a drop in crude oil to a more than four-year low after Saudi Arabia cut sales prices to the United States. - Full Article
That's the question that immediately comes to mind when you pick up Google's new Nexus 6 -- the company's latest "pure Google" flagship and the first phone to ship with the shiny new Android 5.0 Lollipop software. - Full Article
Is bigger really better? That's the question that immediately comes to mind when you pick up Google's new Nexus 6 -- the company's latest "pure Google" flagship and the first phone to ship with the shiny new Android 5.0 Lollipop software. - Full Article
Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill will miss the Aggies' next two games after the team announced Saturday that the sophomore has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules and athletic department policies.
Hill, who started the Aggies' first eight games this season, was replaced by true freshman Kyle Allen as the starter in the Aggies' 21-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. - Full Article
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady square off Sunday in the latest showdown between the quarterback legends. It marks the 16th meeting between the two with Brady holding a 10-5 edge in their 13-year rivalry.
Manning got the better of Brady in January’s AFC Championship game, punching the Denver Broncos’ ticket to the Super Bowl (Brady’s New England Patriots defeated Manning’s teams in their three previous contests). - Full Article
LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team. How is this for redemption? James scored 36 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday night. - Full Article
Japan is pumping more money into its lagging economy, expanding an already lavish stimulus effort.
The surprise announcement Friday highlights diverging fortunes among the world's top economies. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery. - Full Article
A battle line has been drawn between Tesla Motors and the state of Michigan. It started after the state's governor signed legislation that effectively bans the electric car maker from doing business there. Elaine Quijano reports.
The bulk of Europe’s biggest banks would be able to survive a financial crisis or severe economic downturn, the European Central Bank said on Sunday, concluding a yearlong audit of eurozone lenders that is potentially a turning point for the region’s battered economy. The highly anticipated assessment of European banks was intended to remove a cloud of mistrust that has impeded lending in countries like Italy and Greece... - Full Article
Financial Times By : Emma Dunkley and Martin Arnold
Britain’s biggest lenders are shutting hundreds of branches and culling thousands of staff in a push to cut costs and move towards a digitally focused model that is irrevocably changing high street banking. - Full Article
Microsoft Corporation shares rallied more than 3 percent on Thursday in extended-hours trading after the world's largest software company beat expectations and tallied record first-quarter sales, driven by the company’s cloud strength and hardware progress.
The Seattle-based company turned in a fiscal first-quarter profit of $4.54 billion, or 54 cents per share... - Full Article
Steelers fans have to be wondering where this version of a well-rounded, playmaking Sanders was in Pittsburgh. Before arriving in Denver, he had never recorded a multiple-touchdown game or a 100-yard performance in his five-year career. A quarter of his 16 career touchdowns have come in the past two weeks... - Full Article
An independent investigator found evidence directly tying years of no-show classes at the University of North Carolina to a scheme that helped hundreds of athletes — particularly football and men's basketball players — raise their grades and stay eligible over an 18-year period, according to a report released Wednesday. - Full Article
Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) plans to more than double the number of stores it operates in the Greater China region in the next two years.
The number of outlets will increase to 40 in the region, which includes the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, from 15 now, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in an interview that was translated into Chinese and published live by Sina Corp. - Full Article
Facebook has been blocked by Chinese authorities for over five years, but company founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to be on a new charm offensive to crack the massive market.
In a move that has sent tongues wagging across China and around the globe, Zuckerberg showed off his nascent Chinese language skills this week in Beijing by participating in a 30-minute Q&A conducted entirely in Mandarin. - Full Article
Microsoft has already proven its potency in the cloud era, and is one of three companies with the scale, resources, and know-how to dominate the booming $100 billion market, CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC.
In his first television interview since becoming the software giant's third CEO, Nadella focused on Microsoft's cloud ambitions. - Full Article
We sit here in 2014 and we think we’ve “got” digital. We’ve been talking about it forever and we’ve introduced new processes, expressions, agencies.
We’ve acquired, hired and rebuilt. What more evidence is needed? How could it be in an age where Unilever has a YouTube Channel, Oreo can put tweets on cookies and where we make TV ads out of recycled vines, that we’re not on top of it? - Full Article
Google Shopping Express, rebranded to simply “Google Express” as of this morning, is no longer entirely subsidizing the costs associated with same-day delivery.
The program, which offers instant shopping gratification to consumers in a growing number of U.S. cities, is now working to transition its more regular customers into paying members, who subscribe on either a monthly or annual basis for $10/month or $95/year, respectively. - Full Article
Google Inc. brings its same-day delivery service to Greater Boston Tuesday, allowing customers to browse the offerings of local merchants online, order, and get the items within several hours. The service, called Google Express, will be available in parts of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Arlington, Everett, Malden, and Medford.
So far, eight companies have partnered with Google: Babies R Us, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Guitar Center, L’Occitane, Staples, Stop & Shop, and Walgreens. Full Article
The Board of Directors of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. announced Oct. 13 the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot, as President and CEO-Designee, effective November 1, 2014. Mr. Ellison will also join the Board of Directors.
He will then succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Mr. Ullman will become Executive Chairman of the Board for a period of one year. - Full Article
Even as Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he believes quarterback Jameis Winston didn't sign autographs for money, a source tells ESPN that the university's athletic compliance department has begun to look into how so many Winston autographs were authenticated by a single company.
ESPN has learned that after the team's 38-20 win against Syracuse Saturday, Fisher approached Winston and asked him if he signed autographs for money. - Full Article
LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil.
Kevin Love, who was acquired by Cleveland a month after James left the Heat to return to Ohio, finished with 25 points in an entertaining game in the beachfront city that will host the 2016 Olympics. - Full Article
Colin Kapernick stood at the podium with the ensignia of Breast Cancer Awareness inscribed on the top of his forehead. Kapernick also adorned pink Beats by Dre Headsets in recognition of a great cause, but the NFL fashion police wasn't having any of it and fined San Francisco's QB 10gs.
The lesson in all of this is, when it comes to the NFL's money it doesn't matter how fashionable you are for the cause.
Google has claimed promising early results from its latest attempt to draw brand advertisers, following years of disappointment over the slow growth of branded display and video ads to match its search business.
Ads on YouTube, Google’s video platform, have so far failed to live up to the high expectations of Wall Street, despite the website's surging traffic numbers. - Full Article
Friday morning The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a much stronger than anticipated September jobs report.
Employers added 248,000 jobs last month, beating the 215,000 economists were predicting. The unemployment rate, which is drawn from a different survey of households, dropped from 6.1% to 5.9% ... - Full Article
Since September 2006, law enforcement authorities have pursued 50 domestic violence cases against NFL players, including one for murder and at least five allegations of assaulting or choking pregnant women.
As the league faces a firestorm of outrage over how it handled recent cases, USA TODAY Sports looked at every case in which an NFL player was accused of domestic abuse since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took office eight years ago. - Full Article
It's the most widespread celebrity photo hacking scandal to date - and now its time to pay.
A large group of the women whose personal email accounts have been compromised - with the stolen intimate shots of stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian subsequently disseminated online - are now threatening to sue Google for $100 million, according to a new report. - Full Article
Smile, gawkers, you're on Hidden-Nestlé-Boobie camera! Nestlé is taking an unusual, yet on-topic approach to raising awareness for its #CheckYourSelfie breast cancer awareness campaign with this stunt.
The jury is still out on whether this is an effective campaign... - Full Video
EBay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago.
The move will cleave eBay almost in half, separating it from the payments processor it acquired 12 years ago and built into a giant that generates almost half of the company’s revenue. - Full Article
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be sold across China from October 17 following approval from the Chinese government.
Apple was approved to sell the handsets following "rigorous security testing" and addressing risks of personal information leaks related to iOS 8's diagnostic tools, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). - Full Article
Wal-Mart defended itself Monday against a lawsuit by former ‘SNL’ funnyman Tracy Morgan by filing papers that threw blame for his injuries back on him.
The comic created his own suffering by failing to wear a seat belt June 7, when the deadly crash occurred, Wal-Mart claimed. Morgan, 45, had sued the retail giant in July in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. - Full Article
Psy was a completely unknown Korean pop star until the summer of 2012, when he released his smash hit single, “Gangnam Style.”
Since then, the music video has shattered all records by becoming the single most watched video of all time, reaching more than two billion views in May 2014. Two billion is a huge number. - Full Article
Earlier this year Gaviidae Common I in downtown Minneapolis unveiled a digital signage installation featuring two 40-foot-long LED banners hanging from the top level of the atrium and an LED ring positioned between the first floor and skyway.
On the skyway, two kiosks also offer an interactive display for visitors to find their way around the building, at 651 Nicollet Mall, and the surrounding neighborhood.- Full Article
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti responded Monday to an ESPN investigative report into the team's handling of Ray Rice's domestic abuse case, saying that a significant amount of the information in the story was "manufactured" from accounts provided by the running back's inner circle.
Bisciotti addressed the ESPN "Outside the Lines" report during a 45-minute news conference, saying he believes that Rice's camp is attempting to "build a case for reinstatement." - Full Article
A New York City family court ruled on Sept. 12 that a Staten Island man could use Facebook to serve his ex-wife with a legal notice about child support.
According to the New York Post, Staten Island Support Magistrate Gregory Gliedman noted in his decision that it was the first such decision in New York or the United States in general (excluding situations in which the person being served was overseas).
Noel Biscocho was allowed to serve Anna Maria Antigua through social media because... - Full Article
Fed up with the league's woeful inconsistencies on domestic violence and its belligerent insistence on protecting misbehaving players, Anheuser-Busch took the NFL to task on Tuesday. No, it didn't say it was pulling its $1.2 billion, six-year contract – yet. - Full Article
Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson will be excluded from the National Football League team’s activities after he was indicted on a charge of hitting his four-year-old son with a branch.
Placing Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner’s permission list will allow him to “take care of his personal situation” until legal proceedings are resolved, the Vikings said in a statement on their website. - Full Article
Prominent voices have called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s head in the wake of player Ray Rice’s suspension, with some people suggesting a rather unconventional replacement: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona this afternoon left that decision up to NFL owners, but advised Goodell to seek the advice of the former secretary. - Full Article
Bloomberg BusinessWeek By : Dina Bass and Alex Sherman
Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox video-game console, is in discussions to acquire Mojang AB, the software maker behind the popular game Minecraft, for more than $2 billion, two people with knowledge of the talks said.
Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, is in serious talks with 4-year-old Mojang, said the people, who asked not to be named because the negotiations aren’t public. - Full Article
Coca-Cola, the world’s leading drinks manufacturer, has announced a multi-million pound marketing drive to acquaint UK consumers with its new low calorie drink Coca-Cola Life, throughout September and October. - Full Article
Even though the widespread privacy concerns about Facebook's Messenger app did not deter over 500 million from downloading the app from Google Play, Facebook has issued a 'Get the Facts' clarification to assuage some of its users' concerns.
Facebook is now pushing an alert to users that directs them to a page titled 'Get the Facts About Messenger' in which the company refutes reports of privacy invasion and adds that "many have been corrected." - Full Article
While rumors are heating up that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) may debut the long-rumored iWatch at a big event (that it finally officially announced) on Sept. 9, the maker of iEverything is late to the wearable party.
Samsung has just released its latest high-tech timepiece. And there's an odd-looking, Bluetooth-enabled necklace-y thing to go with it. More about that in a bit. - Full Article
I'm sure many men have dreamed of an island completely populated by exotic women.
Of course, fantasy is fantasy, but what if it were reality? In a certain regard, it is — in Noiva do Cordeiro, Brazil. It's a scenic rural town in the hills outside of Belo Horizante with one big quirk, or perk, depending on whom you talk to. - Full Article
Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed on Thursday, providing more evidence that the world economy is stuttering and may need more monetary stimulus to keep it going. Euro zone private business activity expanded slower than expected in August, despite widespread price cutting.
This is before the full effects of sanctions imposed on and by Russia over Ukraine are felt. - Full Article
At $600 billion a year in sales, food and beverage is by far the largest retail category in the U.S. by a wide margin.
However, it's also the category that has been the least disrupted by e-commerce; less than 1% of food and beverage sales currently occur online, according to BI Intelligence's estimates. - Full Article
Johnny Football never ceases to entertain. In the third quarter of the Cleveland Browns preseason game vs. the Washington Redskins, Johnny Manziel trotted back to the huddle after a play and gave the Redskins bench the finger. - Full Article
The report "Social Media Analytics Market by Components (Software, Services, Consulting, Integration, Support), Data Sources (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Others), Users (SMBs, Enterprises) - Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 - 2019)", defines and segments the global Social Media Analytics Market into various sub-segments with an in-depth analysis and forecasting of market sizes. - Full Article
You’ll be excused if you haven’t been following the rumor mill over in the NBC news department.
The job of David Gregory — who hosts Meet the Press, the longest running television show in history (it dates back to 1947) — has been in danger for months.
The question of David Gregory being fired wasn’t a matter of if, but when, and it’s been kind of a slow, excruciating trainwreck for the last few weeks as that has become apparent to the entire world. - Full Article
There's increasingly less room for any other platform players in the smartphone world according to the latest figures from IDC for Q2 2014, with Android and iOS dominating the landscape.
In fact, Android now has a global market share of a mammoth 84.7 per cent (with the number of units shipped up a third on last year), and iOS has an 11.7 per cent share – though that was actually slightly down on last year, when Apple had a 13 per cent share. - Full Article
More than 40,000 Land Rover sport utility vehicles in the United States are being recalled because the passenger-side air bag may fail to deploy in a crash.
According to documents posted Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Jaguar Land Rover will recall 40,551 LR2 and Range Rover Evoque models to fix the electronic system... - Full Article
David Andrade, the CIO of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has deployed 11,000 Chromebooks over the past year and plans to add another 5,000 in the next 12 months.
It's a major deployment, but not unusual. Other school systems are doing much the same thing. The Cherry Creeks School District in Greenwood Village, Co. deployed 18,000 last year, and Boston recently announced a deployment of 10,000 Chromebooks. - Full Article
Arthur T. Demoulas said Sunday that negotiations on his offer to buy the Market Basket grocery chain from rival family members are continuing, but he accused those relatives of countering his proposal with “onerous” terms that are blocking a deal from being completed.
Demoulas made that claim in the latest of what has become a battle of press statements waged by either side of the family. - Full Article
Google and Yahoo are joining forces to create a tool that will encrypt messages sent and received between users.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the two tech giants will create a tool based on PGP encryption that will encrypt data contained in messages, but not the sender/receiver's emails or the subject line. - Full Article
As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself - to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.
One effort this summer to foster a more worker-friendly environment and a more creative culture is to allow staff at its main Suwon campus south of Seoul to wear shorts to work at weekends. - Full Article
Following reports of a Russian ring of hackers who stole more than a billion online logins and passwords from vulnerable websites, Google has announced that its search service will give higher priority to websites that use encrypted connections to keep their online visitors secure.
Other factors, such as the quality of content on a website, still hold far more weight when it comes to search results, but going forward, Google said websites with Hyptertext Transfer Protocol Secure connections, or HTTPS, will get slight boosts in their rankings. - Full Article
Google is beefing up its Hangouts video chat feature for business users.
For starters, Hangouts is now covered under the same Terms of Service as other Google Apps for Business products like Gmail and Drive, meaning you'll get 24-7 phone support and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, the Web giant announced Wednesday. - Full Article
But Red Lobster is making some big changes, pulling back from deep discounting and presenting food on the plate in a more vertical fashion, in the manner of upscale restaurants, rather than with fish, rice and vegetables positioned separately on the plate.
The casual seafood chain, which changed owners on Monday, will keep popular, buffet-esque promotions -- like Endless Shrimp and Lobsterfest -- but will nix deals like two entrees for $25. - Full Article
Shares of Apple are above $600 again. Investors love the upcoming stock split. But where's the innovation? And can new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts get the Apple Stores back on track? She's being paid handsomely to try...
Twitter reported a jolt of growth in the second quarter, driven in part by heavy use of the service during the World Cup soccer tournament. The strong results surprised Wall Street, and prompted investors to send the company’s shares up 30 percent in after-hours trading.
Revenue soared 124 percent, and the average number of people using the microblogging service in June was up 6 percent from March. - Full Article
The rumor that real estate site Zillow was buying its chief rival Trulia surfaced last week in a Bloomberg report.
This morning it was confirmed. Zillow and Trulia’s boards had approved a $3.5 billion stock-for-stock transaction. Both companies are public. The deal will create a dominant digital real estate company in the U.S. market.
The closest rival will be Realtor.com, operated by the National Association Of Realtors. - Full Article
Data are wonderful things. Properly applied, data can provide insights into where to trim budget and where to increase it. Data will indicate what’s working versus what’s not, what’s a signal versus what’s an outlier.
And, data help to determine the proper media mix for the overall campaign strategy. Data-driven, performance-based advertisers reviewing their online display metrics often find it easy to justify spend on retargeting.
After all, it’s very simple to see that retargeting is a big winner when it comes to display. But beware! There’s a trap in that data. - Full Article
Google's Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird search algorithms affect around 90% of online searches, according to Search Engine Watch.
These algorithms strip out "bad searches" – sites stuffed with keywords, duplicated content and manipulated hyperlinks – and rightly so; the onus for higher search rankings has consequently been placed on the quality, originality and relevance of online content. - Full Article
The settlement is Apple's way to evade an antitrust lawsuit which stated that the company formed a conspiracy with five publishers on its bid to fix the prices of e-books.
Apple's settlement request sparked an area of concern as its provisions could undervalue the consumers' claims. One clause states that Apple will be required to pay a lower amount of $70 million if the decision from the appeals court is reversed, making the company non-liable in antitrust laws violation. - Full Article
Google’s new “moonshot” project isn’t a new fancy gadget, but the fanciest gadget of all: the human body. Announced Friday in The Wall Street Journal, Google’s Baseline Study will aim to define “healthy.” - Full Artile
As U.S. regulators continue to press mobile platform providers for failing to prevent children from making unauthorized purchases in apps, European regulators are doing the same.
On Friday, EU Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica said in a statement that EU efforts to stop children from conducting in-app transactions without permission have been going well. "[C]hildren must be better protected when playing online," he said. - Full Article
Houston: After making billions connect socially on its network, Facebook is testing a new feature designed to let users buy products directly from ads and posts on its news feed.
"With this feature, people on desktop or mobile can click the 'Buy' call-to-action button on ads and Page posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook," the post reads. - Full Article
Microsoft which employs about 2,800 people will make major modifications in the company’s organizational set-up, according to CEO Satya Nadella.
In an email to all employees on Thursday, CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft will direct its business on making tools to make the best use of the consumer’s time in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. - Full Article
Our development pipeline owe a lot to innovation in the digital marketing industry. I can’t say, we couldn't do it without technologies that continue to make life easier for marketers, but we can all say life would be much harder without automation in this business.
If you woke up in the morning and had 130 updates to contend with, without the convenience of tools to make life easier, it would put a damper on your day. Google’s algorithm continues to demand more useful content that browsers gravitate to; it is a winning formula, because subscribers like enriched and meaningful content and it enhances the value proposition around your product or service. It is essential to understand your marketing segments and your audience’s relationship with your brand(s).
When you’ve honed this relationship, content becomes valued beyond measure. The mission at Online eBusiness Solutions is to deploy relevant content directly to subscribers that value the message in return. This is a godsend.
My sung heroes in this hourly task are the following:
1. WordPress – I love you so much WordPress. My clients are engaged and increasingly fight message wars on their own because of you. It’s simply a matter of getting on their cell phone and putting their expertise out there. On some days you can line up a litany of ideas about your brand, review industry news and simply say “Hello Dolly.” It integrates with number 2…
2. Hootsuite – has become an indispensable tool that I won’t start my day without. Being able to sync your WordPress tools, industry news with your RSS/Atom Tool and Social Media, all while collaborating with your team, is a celebration of sorts. It allows small organizations to speak as though they were giants.
3. Google Analytics – it converges a lot of my favorite tools…Google AdWords, Webmaster Tools and Google AdSense. Tracking automated reports and understanding your market penetration scientifically and tracking conversions gives you a breath of knowledge that took ten employees and a lot of logged travel time 15 years ago. All of the critical data integrated seamlessly to increase your ROI.
Vern Nicholson has pioneered comprehensive Digital Marketing Campaigns that utilize SEO, Social Media Engagement, Video Production and Advertising. He continues to demonstrate an enormous capacity to execute and maintain advertising campaigns to drive audience engagement and increase revenue opportunities in key priority segments.
Mark Zuckerberg sees the Internet as a vital service that should be made available to everyone across the world—a service that can be as vital as, say, the ability to call for emergency help on a telephone.
In an editorial published Monday in The Wall Street Journal, the Facebook chief outlined his vision for a future of universal Internet access, and the steps he sees to get there. - Full Article
There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation.
The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.
But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago with an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn't imagine in its wildest dreams, it appears there has been some healing between the NBA superstar and his former boss. - Full Article
Creating good SEO content is something of an unsung skill. Perhaps that's because it's a relatively new writing discipline.
There's a constant call for high-quality SEO content on the Web and an ever-growing demand for accomplished writers who understand how to create effective optimized copy.
In short, consistently publishing quality content that is SEO-aware in the form of case studies, blogs, etc. will help generate a growing amount of incoming organic traffic to your website. - Full Article
If boycotts, Congressional hearings or basic human decency weren't enough to convince Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder that it was time to change his team's name, perhaps Wednesday's decision by the U.S. Patent Office will do the trick. - Full Article
Content marketers are incredibly uncertain about how they’re measuring the success of their content. That’s the most striking takeaway from Contently’s new research report, “A Crisis of Confidence: The State of Content Marketing Measurement.”
The content measurement debate has reached a crescendo so far in 2014, as content marketers are increasingly challenged to tie their efforts to true business results. - Full Article
Some businesses and their Chrome-using customers are furious at Google's crackdown on Chrome extensions that had been hosted outside of the Chrome Web Store.
Their ire stems from Google's forced disabling of extensions that shipped with paid software that have yet to be replaced, effectively hamstringing those services. Games, financial software, third-party Windows security suites, and productivity tools are among those affected. - Full Article
If your "Orange is the New Black" binge marathon has been interrupted by buffering and you wondered who to blame, the Federal Communications Commission is now trying to answer your question.
In a statement Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he has asked his staff to obtain information about the secret deals that Web companies like Netflix make with Internet service providers... - Full Article
Google is going for the goal in its coverage of this year's FIFA World Cup. Google launched a World Cup website — as a part of its Google Trends section — on Wednesday to make it easier for fans to get the latest stats, player news and live game updates in one spot.
Users who now search for "World Cup" or "World Cup USA" in Google will see this data pop up at the top of the results page. - Full Article
Google wants to create a better business directory and, this time, they mean business.
On Thursday the tech giant launched Google My Business, a one-stop way for merchants to manage their presence on a variety of the company's properties including search, maps and Google+. - Full Article
Welcome to 2014, where you can make $30 million by doing nothing more than wearing a pair of headphones, for no other reason than you just so happen to be...a basketball alien the likes of which we may never see again. - Full Article
In the planning process, when you’re sorting through all of the tools that will be deployed, any Marketer will tell you there is something special about a good hunch; when experience, skills and training converge to make you feel even giddy about your intuition about the potential for enormous success.
I informed my client that we were not taking advantage of street traffic around the largest University in New Hampshire. My team determined we would use backpack banners with an option to text for information about my client’s services.
The hunch was we’d build brand recognition during peak traffic hours and a significant amount of students would follow the instructions on the banners. I was correct about my theory, a lot of students participated and my intuition paid off.
Marketing and the word comprehensive are synonymous to me. You’ve definitely heard, “all options are on the table” a lot lately and I like to utilize all of the latest Internet Marketing Channels in my dogged determination to engage my target audience. It's hard being comprehensive without great ideas.
A comprehensive Marketing Campaign requires an intense focus on the latest Internet Technologies to maximizing success. My company’s slogan is “ideas = solutions”. I don’t know if you can be productive without ideas in this business. You’ll find that the most successful firms flourish because there’s a synergy around ideas and a free expression of hunches no matter how outlandish they are.
When links have been snipped out of your Google search you'll know about it, according to new reports.
European lawmakers recently ordered Google to remove links to articles and online posts that contain inaccurate, irrelevant or out-of-date information, granting individuals the "right to be forgotten." - Full Article
Intel wants to completely eliminate wires from computers, and is working on a series of wireless technologies to make that a reality in the coming years.
PCs are on the way to a “true no-wire” experience, and Intel is working on technologies to remove the clutter of power cords, display connectors and peripheral cables, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president, and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during a speech at the Computex trade show in Taipei. - Full Article
It occurred to me that a Guiding Principle would be more effective for our purposes than a Mission Statement when we started a business about ten years ago. First of all, a Guiding Principle goes into every business decision I’ve made and ever will going forward. I describe it as that angel on my shoulder.
Here are the definitions online:
Guiding Principle: an idea that influences you very much when making a decision or considering a matter – Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Mission Statement: a statement of the purpose of a company, organization or person, its reason for existing. – Wikipedia
My impression on Mission Statement was there to old fogey. They’re usually pinned up on a wall and ignored. I instituted several Guiding Principles and started every presentation off with what it wase. We condensed it into our ‘Three C’s’ (Comprehensive, Consistent and Concerted Efforts) and then went on to describe what each word meant for my business with enormous success.
So this is my discussion for my LinkedIn group. Is it Guiding Principle or Mission Statement or both?
I have to admit, when Craig Federighi called Dr. Dre during the WWDC conference I sort of cringed. It seemed very choreographed and scripted.
Dr. Dre speaking during the audience's applause and cheers of enthusiasm for a brief moment made the situation a little awkward. Craig says, "I want to make a phone call to a new Apple employee..." They talked about Dr. Dre coming in to work at Apple at 4 in the morning.
Come on people, you'd think a billionaire could work from home and telecommute. The real question is, does Dre give Apple the creds it needs to appeal to a connect savvy generation or better put, is Dre part of Apple's answer to Samsung?
Consumer prices in the euro zone ticked ever closer to outright deflation, official data showed Tuesday, making it almost certain that the European Central Bank will move to ease monetary policy this week.
Inflation in the 18 nations that share the euro rose just 0.5 percent in May from a year earlier, down from a 0.7 percent rate in April, Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union reported from Luxembourg. - Full Article
Days after Spotify announced that it had more than 10 million subscribers to its online music service, Apple announced that it had struck a $3-billion deal to buy the company behind one of Spotify's newest, buzziest rivals: Beats.
The challenge for both companies is the same: attracting the mainstream consumers who haven't yet warmed to paying monthly fees for music they don't own. - Full Article
After a ruling from Europe's top court that Google should remove links to 'outdated information' about individuals at their request, the search giant has opened up an online form for those wanting to be forgotten.
The decision on the 'right to be forgotten' was handed down earlier this month after Google appealed an order by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) to remove links to articles about an individual published in a Spanish newspaper in 1998 by Spanish newspaper. - Full Article
Satellite TV operator Dish Network said it would accept bitcoin payments from customers from the third quarter, joining companies such as Overstock.com Inc and Zynga Inc in accepting the digital currency.
Dish said it selected Coinbase as the payment processor for bitcoin transactions with customers who choose to pay their bills online with the bitcoin wallet of their choice. - Full Article
EBay Inc said that hackers raided its network three months ago, accessing some 145 million user records in what is poised to go down as one of the biggest data breaches in history, based on the number of accounts compromised.
It advised customers to change their passwords immediately, saying they were among the pieces of data stolen by cyber criminals who carried out the attack between late February and early March. - Full Article
Whoopi Goldberg is defending her view on Jay Z and Solange Knowles's infamous elevator fight.
"The View" co-host came under fire Tuesday after telling the show's audience that the rapper, who did keep his hands to himself, could have hit his sister-in-law back since she took the first swing. - Full Article
Saying that safety practices at General Motors were “broken,” federal regulators on Friday imposed the biggest punishment they could on the automaker and condemned it over its failure to promptly report a defect that G.M. has linked to 13 deaths.
G.M. will pay a $35 million penalty — the maximum allowed and the largest ever imposed on an automaker — and will be required to make wide-ranging changes to its safety practices that will be supervised by the government, another first for an automaker. - Full Article
So it looks like Colgate isn’t just about making sure your teeth are clean, but are also wanting to clean up some packaging trash.
Following the trend of brands making a public stance regarding packaging waste, personal care products giant Colgate-Palmolive has committed to making 100% of its packaging for three of four product categories completely recyclable by 2020. - Full Article
Individuals can ask Google to remove links to news articles, court judgments and other documents in search results for their name, the European Union's highest court said Tuesday—a surprise decision that could significantly disrupt how Google and other search-engine operators work across Europe.
The case centered on the so-called right to be forgotten, which plaintiffs argued before the court gives individuals the opportunity to request old information about them be removed from search engines. - Full Article