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Curated by Vera Gibbons

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Google to showcase artificial intelligence advances at its big conference today; Comcast prepares all-cash bid to gate-crash Disney-Fox deal; Cheddar launches new channel on Snapchat [Note to NoPo – get yourself booked]; Elon Musk expands Tesla stake after jumping on short sellers; Americans becoming charged up about electric cars; Millennials skipping starter homes (going right to dream homes); Phishers taking advantage of marital infidelity; Oreo seller Mondelez buying upscale cookie company Tate’s Bake Shop – for $500 million; Amazon’s share of all retail sales could reach nearly 10% in two years???!!; A restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, is voted Best in America; Massive Rockefeller sale @ Christie’s ($1 billion’ish); ‘Inflatable Hunk’ pool float; Winnebago plug-ins; Häagen-Dazs’ annual Free Cone Day.

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Nestle inks deal to sell Starbucks products world-wide; Restaurants show nurses, teachers some appreciation w/discounts; Water line break floods Carnival Cruise ship; Magnolia Bakery [A NoPo favorite, second only to Buttercup] stirs up big expansion plan; Avengers: Infinity War reaps $1 billion at box office, at pace faster than any other movie; Banks working to woo new doctors into home mortgages?; What you need to know about investing in marijuana; Why Elon Musk and Warren Buffett are suddenly trolling each other over See’s Candies; How to block the annoying robocalls you keep getting…and getting…and getting; Trader Joe’s podcast – weirdly popular on Apple right now; World’s worst travel habits; The McDonald’s fan who just ate his 30,000th Big Mac; FANG v BANG stocks; Pizza crust ice cream; Wine jelly.

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Spotify earnings debut misses a beat; Ford expands safety recall to nearly 100,000 Transit vans in North America; Nouriel Roubini says bitcoin is ‘bulls-t’ and only attracts ‘suckers’; Home sellers using cameras, microphones to spy on house hunters?; Car subscription services cropping up in number of cities; New Jersey’s pork roll-flavored ice cream creation drawing mixed reviews; How Churchill Downs CEO stopped sale of Kentucky Derby; Why a lobster roll could cost you $$$ this summer [!!!!]; TSA’s award-winning Instagram account (hilarious and unexpected); America’s Best Employers 2018; Dunkin’ Donuts galaxy-inspired menu; Disney’s new bourbon trail.

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Fed going to surprise markets and change investors’ mind on how many rate hikes are coming?; Apple reveals healthy iPhone sales [surprise!] as Cook hints at more handset variations…and announces $100 billion buyback; Snap’s slowdown stirs doubt on redesign, triggering share plunge; Tesla hit w/$2 billion lawsuit for allegedly stealing hydrogen truck design; Facebook…the matchmaker?; Scandinavian Airlines offering free flights for kids under age 11 (from this August through March 2019); Amazon launching $23 Prime Book Box subscription for kids; JetBlue’s You Never Call, You Never Visit” sale (fares as low as $39); Gibson bankruptcy in deal to renew guitar business; United’s new pet-carrying policies; Boxed macaroni & cheese taste test; Two new Frappuccinos here to stay.

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All eyes on Facebook today –  its annual 2-day conference kicks off (Will we see more sober/less congratulatory tone from Zuckerberg?)…and on Apple — a lot riding on its earnings, including potential for it to jump-start tech sector (and possibly the market) if it issues strong report w/good guidance…McDonald’s becoming a better McDonald’s (Revamped stores, fresh beef burgers, premium sandwiches, dollar menu–resonating); Tesla burning through billions—$6,500 every minute; Americans hoarding money in their checking accounts; > 100 Uber drivers accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers??; ‘Sell in May’ this year or…not; Vacation rental scams on Craigslist; Most $$ summer gas prices in 4 years; Breakfast tacos on United Airlines; Oreo’s new limited edition flavors; Ice cream lattes – like a milkshake, but warm….

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‘Merger Monday’: Sprint and T-MobileMarathon Petroleum and rival refiner Andeavor; Passenger files lawsuit against Southwest Airlines over fatal engine failure; Alaska Airlines introduces bare-bones airfares for seats in back of plane; Bob Dylan launches own brand of whiskey; Three-story penthouse in Chelsea sells for $59 million (one of NYC’s most expensive sales); Amazon Prime — worth its new $119 price tag?; Viewers ditching cable for streaming faster than anyone expected; General Motors making Hot Wheels Camaro you can actually drive; Starbucks cutting back on its craziest drinks; Museum of Pizza opening in NYC.

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Facebook’s rise in profits, users shows resilience after scandals; Survey finds Social Security checks are lower than many Americans expect [We know–shocker!]; Jeff Bezos building himself a giant party pad in DC; Subway closing 500 U.S. stores; Ford is basically a truck company now?; How to retire abroad–w/out any tax surprises..or, better yet – how to retire on luxury cruise ship; What’s coming and going from Netflix in May; McDonald’s one-of-a-kind global restaurant; The price tag Americans would put on their social media data; Tipoon (tiny pop-up camper that triples in size at campsite); Ultimate Airbnbs for drinkers; Glampfire Trail Mix ice cream.

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Say hello to the new Gmail w/self-destructing messages, email snoozing, and more… Audi recalls 1.2 million cars, citing fire risk; Wayfair follows Amazon w/its own made-up holiday (‘Way Day’); A masterpiece that was once censored on grounds of obscenity sets new auction record (pre-sale estimate > $150 million!); Earnings thud – ushering in end of frothy era?; Alaska Airlines scrubbing Virgin America’s presence from airports tonight; Your favorite cheap wine may be getting more expensive; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – hotter than Hamilton right now; Amazon car drop; Interest rate insecurities; Trader Joe’s massive $7 birthday cakes; Orange vanilla cream M&Ms.

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Wells Fargo faces shareholders in wake of $1B fine to settle mortgage and auto loan violations; Spotify expected to unveil next move since going public three weeks ago; Sears CEO looks to buy Kenmore brand, other valuable assets; Amazon’s next secret project could be personal robots that follow you around your home?; JetBlue selling seats on semi-private flights for semi-millionaires; Virgin Atlantic bringing high tea to the skies – for all passengers; Papa John’s testing beer delivery; Hot vehicles most likely to increase in value; Best time to book your summer flight(s) (like-now!); Martha Stewart’s newly expanded party supplies line; Cheeses you’ve never heard of but need to try – immediately; No Derby for Gronkowski horse; Ice pops recall; Corona and lime gummies.

CONSUMER/PERSONAL FINANCE

Meet me at the Eiffel Tower…another time…oui? Air France cancelling 25% of flights today (wage dispute); Southwest also cancelling a bunch of flights – for engine inspections; Sea level rise threatening coastal cities around world; Michael Jackson’s moonwalk shoes going up for auction; Prom allegedly getting cheaper; Google collects enough data on you to fill an 8-foot stack of paper every two weeks?; Walmart close to $12-billion-plus deal for Flipkart; The Disney-themed house that’s for sale (being sold by couple named Mickey and Minnie–no joke); Krispy Kreme lemon-glazed donuts (available this week only); Dubai’s newest luxury hotel – in a former cruise liner; Rising gas prices; America’s best barbecue chains; Milky Way Fudge Minis.

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