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The Morning Hype: GM Recall, Americans Using Pet Medicine to Save Money, and We’re Using Less Energy Than 10 Years Ago

  De Blasio Wants to Tax Wealthy NYers to Fix the Subway, Go For It (via Bloomberg) Pharma-Bro Shkreli Convicted of Investor Fraud (via Reuters) Old Americans Are Scared of Money/Investing, Cool, Maybe We Can Stop Blaming Everything on Milennials (via MarketWatch) Americans Are Somehow Using Less Energy Than 10 Years Ago, Tell My Electric Bill That (via Recode) Healthcare Crisis in America is So Bad, People Are Using Animal Medicines (via Mashable) GM Recalls 800,000 Trucks for Power Steering Failures (via Fortune) First U.S Craft Brewery, Anchor Brewing, Bought By Japan's Sapporo ...

Posted on 7 August 2017 | 5:27 am

The Morning Hype: GrubHub to Buy Eat24 from Yelp, EU to Throw Down Russian Sanctions, and IKEA Sells Solar Panels

  Surprise Surprise, Trump Seemed to Only Care About His Image in Leaked Phone Call Transcripts (via Bloomberg) Russia to Get More Sanctions from the EU Over Siemens Turbines (via Reuters) Yelp to Sell Eat24 Delivery Service to GrubHub Inc (via MarketWatch) Apple Has Made More Profit Than Microsoft and Alphabet with the Help of the iPhone (via The Atlas) FDA Has Approved A Hep C Treatment that Works in Just 8 Weeks (via Fortune) Forbes List: Highest Paid Authors 2017 (via Forbes) Hiring the Man Who Ran Port Authority into The Ground ...

Posted on 4 August 2017 | 5:46 am

The Morning Hype: Dept. of Ed. Wants New Student Loan System, Mondelez Gets New CEO, and Reddit Gets Some Funds for a Makeover

  Republican Tax Overhaul Sounds Like It'll Be Similar to the AHCA Mess (via Bloomberg) Trump Will Supposedly Take China to Task on 'Unfair Trading Practices' Soon (via Reuters) AMC Earnings Weren't Great, Shares Drop 25% (via MarketWatch) Snap Looks to Be Eyeing a Selfie-Drone Maker for Purchase (via The Verge) U.S Department of Education Says An Entirely New Student Loan System Will Be Ready by 2019 (via Fortune) Reddit Gets $200MN Cash Injection, Plans for a Site Makeover (via Quartz) NYC: Citi Bike is Free to Use Today (via Gothamist) Mondelez, Oreo's Holding Company, Gets a ...

Posted on 2 August 2017 | 5:33 am

Sony Pictures to Acquire Funimation for $143MN

  Funimation, one of the US's premier anime distributors/streaming services is being acquired by Sony Pictures (SNE) for $143MN and a 95% stake.  Variety broke the news yesterday. The deal, which values Funimation at $150MN, includes licensing rights to their catalog of anime titles such as Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop, Attack on Titan, and hundreds of others. Funimation Founder Gen Fukunaga will retain a minority stake in the company and continue his role as CEO. From the Funimation press release, it seems that very few things will change in the handover. Sony ...

Posted on 1 August 2017 | 8:27 am

The Morning Hype: S&P Won’t List SNAP, Chipotle Serves Queso, and Under Armour to Get a Reorganization

  Scaramucci is Out, but How Will Kelly Tame Trump? (via Bloomberg) S&P 500 Won't Include SNAP After New Classes of Shares Rule (via Reuters) Under Armour Announces Job Cuts, Reorganization (via MarketWatch) GameStop is Already Planning on Staying Open During Thanksgiving Holiday (via Fortune) Netflix is Getting A Bunch of New Content for August (via The Verge) Student Protest Nike's Use of Sweatshops Across the Globe Last Week (via Quartz) When There's a Norovirus Scandal, the Solution is Always Introduce Queso! According to Chipotle, Anyway (via Mashable) Gothamist Asks: Is NYC Protecting Its Cyclists? ...

Posted on 1 August 2017 | 5:26 am

Investigation Into Ford Explorer Fume Leak Widens to 1.3MN Vehicles

(the 2017 Ford Explorer, credit: Ford Motor Company)   What started as varied complaints on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site has snowballed into an ever expanding probe into Ford's 2011-2017 Explorer model (F), as consumers report dangerous exhaust fumes being present in the passenger cabin. The complaints first surfaced on the NHTSA vehicle page for the model, with reports claiming that when the air conditioning is on, the vehicle's exhaust gets circulated back into the cabin of the car. Some consumers even went as far as using carbon monoxide detectors to test ...

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 9:09 am

The Morning Hype: Tesla Model 3 Hits the Streets, Discovery Buys Scipps, and Sustainable Legos

(Model 3, credit: Tesla)   Discovery Buys Scipps Networks for $14.6BN, Viacom Dropped Out (via Bloomberg) Venezuela's Latest Election Was Violent, Maduro's Win Brings Scorn from EU/US (via Reuters) Voting Machine Running on Windows XP Gets Hacked in 100 Minutes (via Marketwatch) First Looks at the Tesla Model 3, and Everyone is Raving (via The Verge) Lego Wants to Go Sustainable, Fight Plastic Waste (via Quartz) Charter Communications Says It Doesn't Want to Buy Sprint (via Fortune) Forbes List: 6 People Who Have Been the World's Richest (via Forbes) De Blasio Wants to Go After ...

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 5:28 am

eSports Goes Legit: Overwatch League Gets Sponsors and Salaries

pictured above: Overwatch's newest hero, Doomfist (credit: Activision/Blizzard)     Anyone who's played a videogame has wished they could get paid for it, but very few of have the actual title of "professional gamer". More than just a game to some, being a true eSports professional requires constant effort, energy, and focus, most of the time without any of the benefits that professional athletes receive.  Overwatch's (ATVI) success aims to change that for a least a small group of eSports players, as the Overwatch League kicks off and gets sponsors, salaries, and even health insurance. I've ...

Posted on 28 July 2017 | 10:19 am