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Investor sentiment buoyed by another record close on Wall Street; Apple announces plans to repatriate billions in overseas cash, says will contribute $350 billion to US economy over next 5 yrs; Mortgage applications rise as borrowers see last chance for lowest rates; Goldman Sachs executive robbed of $1.2 million worth of wine!; Ripple co-founder down $44 billion on paper; Top three best-selling beers in America are all…light beers??; T.J. Maxx’s 22-pound bags of chocolate; Starbucks’s new Everything croissant; “Anything with the word ‘crypt’ in it is a real turnoff for me” – American oil tycoon and one of NoPo’s favorite financiers, T. Boone Pickens


Is this the day of reckoning for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies?; Extreme weather and natural disasters top list of global risks this year, according to new report; Americans increasingly turning to personal loans to pay for basic expenses [Bad idea!]; Airbnb will now let you book by paying 50% in advance; Dunkin’ Donuts is getting a facelift; Paycheck bump coming soon; Cat people are creative, but dog owners tend to earn more???; Fear of unknown @ GE; Ben & Jerry’s new truffle-filled pints; TAG Heuer’s $197,000 smartwatch; Dream Job Alert: Chicken Nugget Connoisseur..


Dow set to leap at open as earnings season kicks into high gear; Google’s art selfies – All.Over.Social.Media; Johnnie Walker company prepping to introduce Jane Walker; World’s largest retirement community gets fleet of self-driving taxis; Over-the-top, high-end RVs you can rent on Airbnb; What Facebook’s news feed change means for users and businesses; How Yelp is fighting food poisoning; Dylan’s Candy Bar – coming to Target; Pets over people; Bitcoin low; Lyft…craft beer?; And the North American Car of the Year is….


State Department overhauls travel warning system for Americans abroad..for first time in years; Diet Coke fizzes up lineup w/four new flavors (and whole new look); Money expert Farnoosh Torabi launches personal finance course for millennials; Warren Buffett rips cryptocurrency to shreds; Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ album – inspiration behind new $ book; Wealth woes (37% of Gen X say won’t be able to afford retirement); Worries about rising interest rates; Record high home equity; Free entrance National Parks on Monday (MLK Day)…


JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon regrets calling bitcoin a ‘fraud’ and believes in the technology behind it; Provo, Utah is best-performing economy among big U.S. cities; Dell wants to turn your old laptop into jewelry; Apple to take 25% stake in..itself?; 10 banks consumers complain about the most; Amazon Prime membership gets better; Sprint customers –  bill hike!; Trader Joe’s new soft frosted sugar cookiesJunior Mints – under-filling boxes?; Record credit card debt; KodakCoin!!!


So yeah .. a big day for bulls yesterday .. could suggest gains of nearly 20% this year?!; Apple releases new security update targeting chip vulnerability; Starbucks launches Blonde Espresso today (first new espresso on menu in years); Zagat survey shows many people would like restaurants to abolish tipping; Amazon makes play for Windows PCs; Sugarfina announces partnership w/Tito’s Handmade Vodka; GoPro is for sale; Spotify hits 70 million subscribers; 2017 – a di$a$ter; A Tinder for…professional networking?; Jeff Bezos now worth > $105 billion [Full disclosure: NoPo editor now a thousandaire]…


Largest automotive recall in U.S. history gets larger – Takata recalls additional 3.3 million air bags; Investors urge Apple to curb kids’ iPhone use; A lawsuit accusing Starbucks of overcharging customers is thrown out; British Airways axes reclining seats on all short flights; HP recalls laptop batteries over fire risk; Holiday debt piles onto already-high credit card balances; A mess at JFK Airport; Millennials & cryptocurrency; ‘Time to make the donuts‘ — free of artificial dyes..


Feeling lucky? Combined lottery jackpot jumps to nearly $800 million; Economists are saying we will have a happy – really happy – New Year; 2017 was safest on record for airline passengers, but 2018 could be dangerous??; Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” not worth the jacked-up prices she’s charging for concert tickets; American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year is an aspiring astronaut w/big ambitions; 40% chance Apple will buy Netflix; Minimum wage hikes; Mall makeovers; Qtum?????; Trader Joe’s new shelf-stable french fries vs. potato chips..

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