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Court Says Costco Must Pay $19.4 Million Over Fake Tiffany Engagement Rings

Court Says Costco Must Pay $19.4 Million Over Fake Tiffany Engagement Rings

On Monday, a federal judge ordered that Costco Wholesale Corp must pay more than $19 million in damages to Tiffany & Co. This is the result of accusations from the luxury jewelry that the wholesale chain store was selling rings... 
Discount Retailer Target Acquires Grand Junction In Same-Day Delivery Service Boost Effort

Discount Retailer Target Acquires Grand Junction In Same-Day Delivery Service Boost Effort

The race is on, apparently, to grab a significant chunk of the online retail space. In particular, brick-and-mortar companies are vying for who will be Amazon.com’s biggest competitor. Obviously, Wal-Mart is the likely favorite,... 
Kaspersky And Microsoft Amicably Solve Dispute

Kaspersky And Microsoft Amicably Solve Dispute

Kaspersky Lab has revealed that it will withdraw the antitrust complaints against Microsoft that it made in Europe following an agreement with the Redmond, Washington-based software maker regarding how security updates are delivered... 
Accenture Interactive Acquires California-Based Wire Stone Marketing Agency

Accenture Interactive Acquires California-Based Wire Stone Marketing Agency

Accenture Interactive, the marketing subsidiary of consulting firm Accenture, has revealed that it is acquiring Wire Stone, a marketing and design agency based in California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The chief of Accenture... 
Marketplace Sellers Outraged By New Amazon Returns Policy

Marketplace Sellers Outraged By New Amazon Returns Policy

A returns policy that was recently introduced by Amazon has outraged sellers as it will now be easier for buyers to return products at the expense of the merchants. The new policy was announced this week via email and will go into... 
Costco And Sam’s Club Now Offering Deals On Groupon

Costco And Sam’s Club Now Offering Deals On Groupon

In the face of the onslaught from online retailers, Costco and Sam’s Club have been hawking their memberships on Groupon where they have been offering freebies and discounts to sweeten the deal. Costco has for instance been offering... 
Pet Translators Expected To Hit The Market In The Next Few Years

Pet Translators Expected To Hit The Market In The Next Few Years

A report which was commissioned by online retail giant Amazon has predicted that it will be possible to develop devices which translate what pets are communicating to human beings. According to William Higham, the author of the report,... 
Google Apes Facebook’s Features As Consumer Internet Activity Habits Change

Google Apes Facebook’s Features As Consumer Internet Activity Habits Change

According to CNBC, Google has adopted a strategy of copying the features that Facebook has popularized in the same fashion that the social media giant employed against SnapChat. In the last two weeks, some of the features that Google... 
Starbucks To Close All Teavana Stores; Share Prices Fall

Starbucks To Close All Teavana Stores; Share Prices Fall

Several Wall Street firms downgraded their shares of Starbucks, today, after the company showed a sales guidance lower than analysts expected and announced the closure of all 379 Teavana mall-based stores. CEO Kevin Johnson said that... 
DC Court of Appeals Orders FAA to Reexamine Airline Seat Sizes

DC Court of Appeals Orders FAA to Reexamine Airline Seat Sizes

If you have been a plane recently and started to feel like maybe you don’t quite fit in the seats the way you used to, you are not alone. Apparently, the airline industry, as a whole, has been making seats not only much smaller... 
Internet Brands To Acquire WebMD in $2.8B Cash Deal

Internet Brands To Acquire WebMD in $2.8B Cash Deal

On Monday morning, Internet Brands announced a definitive agreement to purchase internet health info giant WebMD in a transaction valued at nearly $3 billion. Internet Brands—a KKR portfolio company—will begin a tender offer within... 
OPEC Meeting Will Address Concerns Over Global Oil Glut

OPEC Meeting Will Address Concerns Over Global Oil Glut

OPEC has recently expressed concerns regarding its plans to drain the global glut—which is supposed to help raise crude prices—is failing. At a long-planned meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, today, the organization convened to... 
Can Sears Save Its Appliances Business By Partnering with Amazon?

Can Sears Save Its Appliances Business By Partnering with Amazon?

Amazon and Sears have been in the news a lot lately, but for the opposite reasons: one is growing while the other is struggling. Today, though, they share bylines as it turns out that Sears is the latest on a quickly growing list of... 
Low Fees and Good Earnings Spell An Excellent Day—and Quarter—for BlackRock

Low Fees and Good Earnings Spell An Excellent Day—and Quarter—for BlackRock

BlackRock is the largest asset management firm in the world and, on Monday, the agency reported that its second-quarter earnings had risen nearly 10 percent with investors continuing to fund the company’s expanding selection... 
Coca Cola (UK) To Double Recycled Plastics En Route to 100 Percent Recycled Materials in Bottles

Coca Cola (UK) To Double Recycled Plastics En Route to 100 Percent Recycled Materials in Bottles

Estimates suggest that plastic bottle production is slated to grow another 20 percent within the next five years. Obviously, this is not a sustainable growth pattern and, as such, Coca-Cola is taking the initiative to change that. Of... 
Facebook To Unveil A Standalone Oculus VR Headset Next Year

Facebook To Unveil A Standalone Oculus VR Headset Next Year

Facebook will in 2018 be unveiling a new Oculus VR headset that will operate wirelessly and which is expected to be cheaper than current versions. The new Oculus headset is expected to cost $200 which is half the price of Oculus Rift.... 
Interactive Demos For The HomeKit System Unveiled At Apple Stores

Interactive Demos For The HomeKit System Unveiled At Apple Stores

Shoppers interested in trying out Apple’s smart home system can now do so at 46 Apple stores spread around the globe including Germany, Taiwan and the United States. Using the Home app installed on iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch demo... 
Amazon to Open Massive New Fulfillment Center in Orlando Florida

Amazon to Open Massive New Fulfillment Center in Orlando Florida

On Monday, Amazon announced plans to build a massive fulfillment center in the Orlando, FL area. The 850,000 sq-ft facility will be provide roughly 1,500 new full-time positions by 2018. Also, according to the company, the warehouse... 
ClubCorp to Sell Golf and Sport Club Assets to Apollo Global Management

ClubCorp to Sell Golf and Sport Club Assets to Apollo Global Management

ClubCorp is one of the largest operators of golf and country clubs in the United States. On Sunday, this company agreed to sell assets to the private equity firm Apollo Global Management in the amount of $1.1 billion, which will put... 
SoundCloud To Shut Down Imperative London Office

SoundCloud To Shut Down Imperative London Office

SoundCloud has long been touted as the audio version of YouTube. It started as a website (and playlist site) and evolved into a mobile app that lets users record audio (from sound bites to professionally mixed music to podcasts). The... 
Roche Acquires Diabetes Tracking Startup mySugr

Roche Acquires Diabetes Tracking Startup mySugr

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has just bought the Vienna-based diabetes management platform known as mySugr. The amount of the purchase has not yet been disclosed, but with the growing competition in this field—app-based digital... 
Lyft Launches new “Hubs” To Get Drivers On the Road Faster

Lyft Launches new “Hubs” To Get Drivers On the Road Faster

The ride sharing app Lyft is going to use $600 million in new funding in an effort to open new driver-service centers. Lyft will call these service centers “hubs” and they will be used to get drivers on the road in only a few hours. The... 
Ford Issues Many More Recalls This Week

Ford Issues Many More Recalls This Week

It seems like history is repeating itself, in a way, as Ford has just announced a new recall of more than 400,000 Transit vans and buses. This recall is to address cracked drive shaft coupling issues which have the potential to cause... 
Two Top Pharmakon Compliance Face Criminal Conspiracy Charges

Two Top Pharmakon Compliance Face Criminal Conspiracy Charges

Both the owner and the director of compliance at Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals Inc have been charged with several criminal counts in relation to the sale of compounded painkillers, according to a statement from the United States Department... 
Oil Prices Up, but still struggling with direction

Oil Prices Up, but still struggling with direction

The price of oil has fallen dramatically this week, on the heels of growing concern over global oversupply. Some are saying, then, that there could be no better time than now to get into the oil business and buy shares of the commodity. According... 
Barclay [and Former Executives] Charged Over Qatar Fundraising/Investment Scandal

Barclay [and Former Executives] Charged Over Qatar Fundraising/Investment Scandal

London’s Serious Fraud Office has accused Barclays—as well as the company’s former chief executive and at least three additional former senior managers—of several criminal charges in regards to the bank making agreements... 
Airbus Upgrades A380 Passenger Jet To Attract Buyers

Airbus Upgrades A380 Passenger Jet To Attract Buyers

Airbus has announced upgrades to its A380 jet which will see the superjumbo getting fuel-saving winglets which are about 4.7 meters high and downlets that measure 1.2 meters. With the extensions as well as other wing refinements, efficiency... 
Is Walmart Buying The Bonobos Men’s Clothing Brand?

Is Walmart Buying The Bonobos Men’s Clothing Brand?

Wal-Mart has been moving quickly to gain more online presence in the face of a market shifting away from traditional brick-and-mortar retail. It is an important directive for the retailer as Amazon continues to grow its existing presence... 
Gymboree Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Gymboree Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

The children’s clothing retailer Gymboree Corp has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in anticipation of a dire need to reorganize the company and lower its debt. It is a sad story that is becoming all too... 
Toshiba Will Pay To Finish Nuclear Reactors In Southern United States

Toshiba Will Pay To Finish Nuclear Reactors In Southern United States

The Tokyo-based Toshiba Corporation said, on Saturday, that it plans to contribute $3.68 billion to press onward with building two new nuclear reactors in the US state of Georgia. The company says that this will enable them to complete... 
John Deere Posts Better Than Expected Profits

John Deere Posts Better Than Expected Profits

On Friday, John Deere said that its fiscal second quarter profit and revenue both rose as well as surpassed analyst estimates. The company also said it has raised its outlook for the fiscal year in equipment sales growth outlook from... 
Alphabet Has Huge Challenges Ahead In Voice Search Technology

Alphabet Has Huge Challenges Ahead In Voice Search Technology

Alphabet is currently planning on retaining its crown as the top information provider through Google products but the company has a long way to go when it comes to voice search. Alphabet subsidiary Google is one of the major tech companies... 
Verizon Announce Acquisition of Straight Path Communications

Verizon Announce Acquisition of Straight Path Communications

Verizon Communications may already be the No 1 wireless carrier in the United States, but that is not stopping them from continuing their growth; after all, what good is being at the top if you can’t stay there? With that in... 
DHS Could Extend The Electronics Ban On Flights To Europe

DHS Could Extend The Electronics Ban On Flights To Europe

A ban on large electronic items such as laptops in commercial flights headed to the United States might in the near future affect passengers from European countries. Currently the ‘laptop ban’ targets eight countries in Africa... 
Reports Loss And Stock Falls Sharply As Shareholders Take A Hit

Reports Loss And Stock Falls Sharply As Shareholders Take A Hit

Snap’s results for the first quarter indicated that the social media company faces an uphill task in becoming a profitable business. In the first quarter the company recorded a loss of $2.21 billion compared to a loss of $104.6 billion... 
Sinclair is About To Sign A Deal To Acquire Tribune

Sinclair is About To Sign A Deal To Acquire Tribune

You might not know who the Sinclair broadcasting group is, but that might change as the Baltimore, MD-based company is set to control roughly one-third of all television programming in the United States. Sinclair has announced, this... 
Cisco To Acquire Technology And Talent From Data Analytics Firm

Cisco To Acquire Technology And Talent From Data Analytics Firm

Cisco has entered an agreement with Saggezza, a Chicago, Illinois-based data analytics firm which will see the former acquire both talent and technology from the latter. The terms of the deal were, however, not revealed. Saggezza was... 
Facebook Continues to Grow, but is A Massive Shift In Store To Maintain in A Constantly Changing Market?

Facebook Continues to Grow, but is A Massive Shift In Store To Maintain in A Constantly Changing Market?

It looks like the world’s biggest—and, at least for now, most powerful—social network will continue to grow its already massive audience in a time when the market is starting to get extremely competitive. Just this week,... 
District Court Issues Exxon Mobil $21 Million in Penalties for Clean Air Act Violations

District Court Issues Exxon Mobil $21 Million in Penalties for Clean Air Act Violations

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that ExxonMobil Corp must pay a penalty worth nearly $20 million because of pollution generated by its Baytown, TX refining and chemical plant (between 2005 and 2013). U.S. District Court Judge David... 
LVMH Buys Minority Stakes in Christian Dior in $13.1 Deal

LVMH Buys Minority Stakes in Christian Dior in $13.1 Deal

French billionaire Bernard Arnault and the LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton luxury empire announced, on Tuesday, the completion of a minority stake purchase of Christian Dior in a buy worth more than $13 billion (USD). The seven... 
Data Price Hikes Expected In The Face Of A Deregulation By Republican-Controlled FCC

Data Price Hikes Expected In The Face Of A Deregulation By Republican-Controlled FCC

A Thursday vote by the Federal Communications Commission will now see the Business Data Services segment that is worth approximately $45 billion deregulated. Small businesses are likely to be affected by price hikes in the deregulation... 
Prices Of Tesla Model S Vehicles Changed

Prices Of Tesla Model S Vehicles Changed

Following the discontinuation of the cheapest Tesla model, the Model S 60, the electric car maker has now reduced the price of the Model S 75. The new base version of the Model S will now cost $69,500 down from $74,500. This now makes... 
Citigroup Earnings Up Over Last Year’s Numbers

Citigroup Earnings Up Over Last Year’s Numbers

Citigroup has released its latest quarterly performance report, showing that America’s fourth-largest bank (by assets held) is making definite progress towards its several-years-long effort to recover from the recent financial... 
Microsoft Acquires Cloud Startup As It Races To Catch Up With Rival

Microsoft Acquires Cloud Startup As It Races To Catch Up With Rival

In a blog post, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Deis, a firm that concentrates on containers – a way of developing and deploying software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the deal that was revealed on Monday morning. In... 
AT&T To Acquire Straight Path Communications In Preparation For 5G

AT&T To Acquire Straight Path Communications In Preparation For 5G

AT&T has revealed that it is acquiring Straight Path Communications at a price of $1.25 billion in an accumulation bid for airwaves as it prepares for a 5G network. Straight Path Communications holds numerous wireless spectrum... 
Ford Has Designed A Crib That Mimics A Car Ride To Help Babies Sleep

Ford Has Designed A Crib That Mimics A Car Ride To Help Babies Sleep

Every parent knows the trick of taking an infant for a drive when they simply refuse to sleep through the night. For whatever reason, a ride in the car always seems to put them back to sleep. Many theorize that it is the vibration... 
Is Apple Ditching Third-Party Tech Devs and Building Everything In House?

Is Apple Ditching Third-Party Tech Devs and Building Everything In House?

Shares of the Anglo-German technology manufacturer Dialog Semiconductor fell by roughly 20 points on Tuesday morning following a warning from a financial analyst who said the company could potentially lose its contract with US tech... 
Survey Reveals That Microsoft’s Surface Tablet More Satisfying Than The iPad

Survey Reveals That Microsoft’s Surface Tablet More Satisfying Than The iPad

According to a survey done by J.D. Power, users of the Surface tablets developed by Microsoft derive more satisfaction from their devices than owners of iPad tablets do. J.D. Power’s U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study was released Thursday.... 
New Policy To Block Ads On YouTube Videos With Under 10,000 Views

New Policy To Block Ads On YouTube Videos With Under 10,000 Views

YouTube has announced that video channels must get views averaging over 10,000 prior to the video platform placing ads on such content. The video platform has said the move is aimed at punishing those who break the rules. YouTube’s... 
Can Prolonged Antibiotic Use Lead to Colon Cancer?

Can Prolonged Antibiotic Use Lead to Colon Cancer?

So, we are now learning that long-term antibiotic use—and a somewhat ignorant medical over-reliance on them—has contributed to the rise of superbugs. These are bacteria which are mostly immune to traditional antibiotics. Well,...