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Amazon stock explodes again after another blockbuster earnings report

It looks like the president’s anti-Amazon tweets weren’t enough to doom the company’s financials. Sad! Amazon just reported its first-quarter 2018 earnings, easily beating analyst estimates on revenue and profits. We’ve been eagerly waiting to see if political tumult and angry rhetoric from President Trump would have any impact on the company’s business. Now that the … Continue reading “Amazon stock explodes again after another blockbuster earnings report”

Amazon stock explodes again after another blockbuster earnings report
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Facebook earnings: 5 things to watch in first post-Cambridge Analytica report

This afternoon, Facebook will release its first-quarter earnings. Here are five things we’ll be watching for from the social-networking giant: This is Facebook’s first earnings report since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke last month. It will be interesting to see how the controversy–which involves the misuse of over 87 million users’ data–affects the company’s bottom … Continue reading “Facebook earnings: 5 things to watch in first post-Cambridge Analytica report”

Facebook earnings: 5 things to watch in first post-Cambridge Analytica report
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Comcast’s NBCU is missing “Get Out” but at least there’s Harry Potter

Philly cable giant Comcast reported first-quarter earnings this morning, and the results for its NBCUniversal unit were mostly magic—with a little bit of horror thrown in for good measure. The company’s “filmed entertainment” division, which includes Universal Pictures, saw decreased revenue of 16.3% to $1.6 billion. The lower results were largely due to tough comparisons from … Continue reading “Comcast’s NBCU is missing “Get Out” but at least there’s Harry Potter”

Comcast’s NBCU is missing “Get Out” but at least there’s Harry Potter
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Opioid take back day: This map shows you where to return your unused prescriptions

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is part of a DEA program that allows Americans to safely dispose of their unused medication. Pharmacies and police departments all over the country are participating in the event. To help people find drop-off locations in their area, the group New America has teamed up with … Continue reading “Opioid take back day: This map shows you where to return your unused prescriptions”

Opioid take back day: This map shows you where to return your unused prescriptions
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Microsoft has paid $7M to Minecraft content makers since June

One year ago, Microsoft announced plans to make a business out of Minecraft content, with a Marketplace program that lets creators sell their own maps, mini-games, and aesthetic tweaks. Now, the company tells me it’s paid $7 million to Minecraft creators since the program launched last June. That’s up from $1 million in payouts as of last … Continue reading “Microsoft has paid $7M to Minecraft content makers since June”

Microsoft has paid $7M to Minecraft content makers since June
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Amazon’s top-secret “Vesta” program is for building home robots

Amazon’s next big product may be a talking robot that follows you around the house, courtesy of a secret program being overseen by its Lab126 hardware R&D division, reports Bloomberg. Lab126 is where a number of Amazon’s current hardware products originated. Those products include hits like Amazon’s Echo speakers and Fire TV set-top boxes (though Lab126 … Continue reading “Amazon’s top-secret “Vesta” program is for building home robots”

Amazon’s top-secret “Vesta” program is for building home robots
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For $300K, you can own a piece of Bruce Springsteen’s immaculate handwriting

Calling all Bruce Springsteen fans. If you have an extra few hundred thousand dollars, then I recommend you boogaloo down Broadway to Sotheby’s–or just visit the website. This June, the auction house will sell an original handwritten manuscript of The Boss’s worshipped anthem “Born to Run.” The piece of torn, lined paper (it ain’t a … Continue reading “For $300K, you can own a piece of Bruce Springsteen’s immaculate handwriting”

For $300K, you can own a piece of Bruce Springsteen’s immaculate handwriting
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California’s monster net neutrality bill just survived its dicey first hearing

California is not the first state to consider a law that would pick up the net neutrality protections recently dropped by the FCC. Washington and Oregon have new laws, for instance. But California is a much bigger state, with a much bigger bill to match. That complexity came out today in the first hearing on … Continue reading “California’s monster net neutrality bill just survived its dicey first hearing”

California’s monster net neutrality bill just survived its dicey first hearing
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Heineken still hasn’t recovered from Chance the Rapper calling its ad racist

If you’ve ever doubted the needle-moving power of Twitter influencers, pour one out for Heineken. The Dutch beer brewer suffered a significant dip in consumer sentiment after one of its commercials was called racist by Chance the Rapper, and more than two weeks after it pulled the ad out of rotation, the company still hasn’t … Continue reading “Heineken still hasn’t recovered from Chance the Rapper calling its ad racist”

Heineken still hasn’t recovered from Chance the Rapper calling its ad racist
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This lidar startup is challenging Velodyne for the autonomous car business

The death of Elaine Herzberg, who was hit by one of Uber’s autonomous test cars in Arizona in March, has forced a rethink of the entire self-driving industry. All aspects of the technology (and the propensity for human error) have a ways to go. But the nighttime crash has focused interest on lidar, laser-scanner technology … Continue reading “This lidar startup is challenging Velodyne for the autonomous car business”

This lidar startup is challenging Velodyne for the autonomous car business
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