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Gene Simmons Gives Up on Trademarking the ‘Devil’s Horns’

  Forbes is reporting that Gene Simmons has given up on trademarking the devil's horn hand gesture, after significant mockery and backlash from many, and probably a logical but delicate call from his lawyer. While it's funny enough that Simmons was trying to trademark a hand gesture, which cannot be done, it also happens to notably be "I love you" in Sign Language as well as the iconic Spider-Man web-sling motion. It's use can also be tracked back to India, the Mediterranean, and more recently to a better metal musician Ronnie James ...

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 7:12 am

The Morning Hype: Trump Doesn’t Want Poor People in Charge, Imagination Technologies Goes Up for Auction, and the Richest Person in Every State

  Medicaid is Already Being Changed, Secret Healthcare Bill Or Not (via Bloomberg) South Korea Taps China To Rein In North Korea's Nuclear Program (via Reuters) Imagination Technologies is Up for Sale (via MarketWatch) Jack Ma: "I think in the next 30 years, people only work four hours a day and maybe for days a week," (via Paleofuture) Report: Air Bag-Maker Takata to File for Bankruptcy on Monday (via Fortune) Forbes List: The Richest Person in Every State (via Forbes) Tumblr Has Been Pretty Silent on Net Neutrality, Must Be Because They Were Bought By ...

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 5:17 am

Zenefits to Pay $3.4MN In Unpaid Overtime to Employees

  The Department of Labor announced today that HR software provider/ insurance broker Zenefits will be required to pay unpaid overtime to 743 employees across two states.  The agency conducted an investigation in which they found Zenefits had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by 'missclassifying' the employees in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona as exempt from minimum wage and overtime. The company then paid the workers a flat salary for all hours worked.  Zenefits is now on the hook for $3.4MN in unpaid overtime and has agreed to 'enhanced compliance', where they ...

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 9:38 am

The Morning Hype: Secret GOP Healthcare Bill Might See Light, Twitch Signs eSports Deal, and Space Radiation Kills

  Kalanick Resigns from Uber After Too Much Pressure from Investors (via Bloomberg) The Secret GOP Healthcare Bill Will Reportedly Be Unmasked on Thursday (via Reuters) 75% of Americans Go Into Debt for a Vacation? That's Seems Excessive (via MarketWatch) Facebook Is Still Struggling Legally to Keep Oculus Rift from a Sales Block (via Gizmodo) Twitch Signs Deal to Stream Activision/Blizzard eSports (via Fortune) Tesla Replaces Head of Autopilot Development for Second Time in 6 Months (via Forbes) Former Epix Cable Digital Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud of $7MN (via The Verge) Daniel Day-Lewis ...

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 5:22 am

The Morning Hype: Wants to IPO, Ex-Barclays Execs Charged with Conspiracy, and Uber’s Rivals Get Sued Too

  Four Ex-Barclays Executives Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Fraud (via Bloomberg) Man Killed in Tesla Crash Ignored Multiple Automated Warnings (via Reuters) Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me' Didn't Do So Hot (via MarketWatch) Snap Signs $100MN Deal with Time Warner For More Content (via Jezebel) Drivers Sue Ride-Hailing Apps Gett and Juno, So Much for Being Better Than Uber (via The Verge) All the Highlights of E3 (via Mashable) Submits Draft Statement for IPO (via Fortune) This is the Biggest Natural Gas Producer in the U.S (via Forbes) NYC: MTA Could Offer Reduced Fares ...

Posted on 20 June 2017 | 5:11 am

The Morning Hype: Brexit Talks Begin, YouTube’s Plan to Combat Extremism, and Cells That Generate Energy from Urine

  Trump Admin. and Canada Still Can't Get to a Deal on Lumber (via Bloomberg) Trump to Meet with Tech Execs Today (via Reuters) L.A Mayor Seems Open to Musk's Idea of Tunnels to Deter Traffic (via MarketWatch) Study Finds Cells that Can Generate Energy from Pee and Kill Bacteria (via Gizmodo) YouTube Outlines 4-Step Plan to Combat 'Extremist Activity' (via The Verge) U.S Still Might Have Trouble Meeting Paris Climate Agreement (via Mashable) Brexit Negotiations Start Today (via Fortune) U.S Adds Even More Sanctions Against Russia, Too Bad Trump (via Forbes) NYC: In the ...

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 5:19 am

The Morning Hype: Google’s Possible $1BN Fine, Dupont and Dow Get Approval to Merge, and Solar Has Never Been Cheaper

  Solar is Getting So Cheap, It'll Be No Time Until It Pushes Out Fossil Fuels (via Bloomberg) Russia Tries to Confirm That It Might Have Just Killed the Leader of ISIS (via Reuters) REPORT: Google to Get Slapped with An Over $1BN Fine from European Antitrust Comission (via MarketWatch) Leaked Docs Show How Expensive Using Copyright Music in Television Is (via Gizmodo) Dow and Dupont Get U.S Approval to Merge (via Fortune) Netflix Reverses Sentiment, Will Fight for Net Neutrality (via The Verge) Cristiano Ronaldo is Charged with Tax Fraud (via ...

Posted on 16 June 2017 | 5:30 am

U.S Generates 10% of All Energy from Wind/Solar for the First Time

  A report from the U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) yesterday shows that 10% of all the energy generated in March of this year came from wind and solar, and more largely that clean energy is growing almost exponentially.    "Electricity generation from both of these energy sources has grown with increases in wind and solar generating capacity." the report reads, "On an annual basis, wind and solar made up 7% of total U.S electric generation in 2016."      From the chart, we can see that wind and solar energy ...

Posted on 15 June 2017 | 7:24 am